First climate-resilient warehouse in the Philippines to rise

QUEZON CITY, Sep. 20 -- In order to better ensure rice supply in Leyte, the National Food Authority (NFA) will start to build this month a new climate-resilient warehouse in Leyte.

The NFA warehouse in Ormoc City is designed to be able to withstand 350 kilometers per hour of wind velocity, and 8.0-intensity earth quakes.

Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), one of the strongest typhoons to have made landfall in recorded history and struck the country in November 2013, had maximum sustained winds reaching 315 kph.

The climate-resilient warehouse is expected to be operational in March 2016.

The warehouse, which has a capacity of 100,000 bags, is located in Barangay San Pablo, Ormoc, 80 kilometers away from the NFA Provincial Office in Palo, Leyte. It will augment the existing 30,000-bag capacity warehouse in the area, which is vulnerable to natural disasters.

The additional warehouse can store and supply the food security requirements of the Ormoc and eight (8) other municipalities namely, Albuera, Merida, Isabel, Palompon, Matagob, Villaba, Tabango, San Isidro, Capoocan, and Kananga.

It will also serve as a terminal warehouse for other areas in Leyte, for shipments coming in via air and sea. Ormoc is a transportation hub of Leyte, with one of Leyte’s major ports and airport.

“This warehouse is important to ensure food security and availability in Ormoc and the rest of Leyte,” said NFA Administrator Renan Dalisay. “Due to Leyte’s central location and vulnerability to natural calamities, it is important that there be adequate prepositioned supplies to boost existing rice production, especially during emergencies.

The abnormal change in climate is our new normal. We have to make sure that our warehouses, which store our rice stock, can withstand any disaster, to make sure that the food security requirement is intact.”

Prior to the opening of this warehouse, local authorities in Ormoc needed to bring in additional rice stocks in order to quickly augment the food supply for citizens affected by Typhoon Yolanda, and the recent sinking of a ferry off its shores.

“We are happy to have this warehouse as it is needed to beef up the storage capability of Region 8,” said Regional Director Celedonio Mendoza. “Ormoc is easily accessible and is now made more ready to serve all areas in Eastern Visayas.”

Aside from Ormoc, two other warehouses with the same climate-resilient features are scheduled to be built in Alang-alang in Leyte and Masbate City in Bicol. (NFA)

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