ALBAY, Philippines — A 3,000-square meter lot is needed to be able to build permanent evacuation centers in Albay towns.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) calls on the local government units (LGUs) in Albay affected by the eruption of Mt. Mayon to provide the required lot.
The national government has assigned the DPWH to draft a design for permanent evacuation centers in the province.
“We are doing it ASAP. Perhaps, there is already funding for that,” said DPWH Region 5 Asst. maintenance division engineer Edwin Bermal.
Should the plan materialize, this will greatly help municipalities that are often affected by the abnormal activities of Mt. Mayon.
Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal, meanwhile, plans on constructing a permanent evacuation center outside the city.
“Pag-aaralan ko collapsible na in times of calamity saka lang natin ikakabit (We are looking into the collapsible type that we can put up in times of calamities),” said the mayor.
Tabaco City Mayor Krisel Lagman-Luistro, on the other hand, said that with permanent evacuation centers, classes in schools used as temporary shelters will not have to be suspended anymore.
“We see that it is one of the best solutions to avoid actually a displacement of learners during calamities,” said Luistro.
Meanwhile, several local government units have temporary shelters constructed outside classrooms, thereby allowing students to continue their classes.
A number of evacuees, however, have complaints.
“Kapag umulan, basa lahat, kaya (When it rains, everything gets wet so,) you will go back to the room again,” said evacuee Adela Ayala.
The construction of permanent evacuation centers is one of the directives of President Rodrigo Duterte which must be done at the soonest time possible. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue