By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo is seeking the construction of a permanent evacuation center in every natural disaster-prone locality.
He said since the Philippines is a “home to scores of natural disasters”, the government should start constructing decent evacuation centers in strategic locations to provide refuge to those fleeing from typhoons, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.
“The situation in Albay, where the evacuees from communities around Mayon are housed either in school buildings or gymnasiums, should jolt the national government to one imperative: Construct permanent evacuation centers, ” he said.
“School buildings and gymnasiums were not built to serve the purpose and only aggravate the plight of evacuees in the long run, ” he said.
Castelo filed House Bill 7059 or the proposed Permanent Evacuation Center Act, which provides the establishment of an evacuation center in every natural disaster-prone locality.
The evacuation center shall accommodate individuals seeking refuge and fleeing natural calamities such as but not limited to typhoons, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.
“Permanent evacuation facilities should alleviate the sorry condition of the victims and provide a safe haven until they resume their normal lives,” Castelo said.
According to HB 7059, the proper government agency is mandated to issue the implementing rules and regulations of the proposed Act.