Permanent evacuation centers in calamity areas pushed

MANILA, Dec. 26 (PNA) -- Permanent evacuation and relief centers with comfort rooms and kitchen should be created for victims of calamities in the country, said Rep. Sherwin T. Gatchalian (1st District, Valenzuela City).

Gatchalian said the recent typhoon "Nona", which has affected many areas in Visayas and Bicol regions, further underscored the importance of putting up decent permanent evacuation centers for those dislocated by natural calamities.

“The government should consider the construction of permanent facilities such as comfort rooms and kitchen for evacuees in the schools premises where it will be difficult to construct new evacuation centers due to lack of space,” he said.

Gatchalian said the establishment of permanent evacuation centers with the necessary facilities, as proposed under House Bill 5867, will address the issues encountered by evacuees like congestion and exposure to hazards during calamities.

The government should stop the practice of using the schoolhouses as evacuation centers during calamities, he added.

Gatchalian said the bill seeks to establish an evacuation center in every municipality and city with priority given to the local government units (LGU) with the most vulnerable communities and with less secure infrastructure.

“The importance of permanent and fully operational evacuation centers with the necessary facilities in place cannot be disregarded during a calamity,” he said.

Under the bill, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is mandated to determine which municipalities and cities will be given priority and provided with new evacuation centers.

The evacuation and relief center should have sleeping area, mess house, comfort rooms, kitchen, trash collection area, clinic, laundry area, recreation area and pet and livestock holding area.

The kitchen and dining area should be able to cater for the number of people in the evacuation centers during calamities.(PNA)


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