The government will finish rehabilitating the war-torn city of Marawi in the next 13 months, Malacañang said on Monday.

Speaking at a virtual press conference, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said the Marawi City reconstruction would be completed before President Rodrigo Duterte’s term ends.

“Ang pangako po ng presidente, babangon muli po ang Marawi at ang pangako po niya ay sa kaniyang termino. So we have roughly a year bago po matapos ang termino ng presidente and I think the target can be met – that Marawi will be completely rebuilt at the end of the term of the president,” Roque said.

Duterte’s term will end on June 30, 2022.

The Marawi war broke out on May 23, 2017, and went on for five months before the government declared it liberated from terrorists.

Its aftermath included the displacement of more than 350,000 people and the deaths of at least 160 policemen and soldiers and 47 civilians.

The government earlier said that the city rehabilitation was scheduled to be completed by December 2021.

In October last year, Duterte said rehabilitation efforts had been hindered by issues such as overlapping land titles.

“Dito sa Marawi may nag-complain. You know, Marawi is not that easy. We started it and we are at it already because ‘yung — the clearing of explosives ang matagal. Then we have to contend with titles. Iyong mga titles ninyo diyan doble-doble,” he said.

“It might take–it’s not easy to do that–it might take some time before we can really reach the ideal place that we’d call home,” he added. John Ezekiel J. Hirro