Construct durable structures dedicated for evacuation – Duterte

Construct durable structures dedicated for evacuation – Duterte

His was supposed to be a simple idea but nobody is doing it, it would take orders from President Rodrigo Duterte himself to make this a national policy.

The President has given his marching orders to the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) to look into the construction of durable structures that will be used solely for evacuation purposes.

The President made the statement after Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said that one of their priorities would be the construction of local evacuation centers.

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte
(photo by PCOO)

The Chief executive said, this was not the first time the issue was brought up, noting how the school calendar of the school is disturbed because the school premises serves as a rehabilitation area in times of calamities.

“Every typhoon, calamity that would need the evacuation of people, the public schools really suffer. And also it disturbs the system. It causes an aberration rather in the schooling of children,” Duterte said.

The president tasked the head of HUDCC chairman Eduardo Del Rosario to look and study the matter.

“In the matter of building some structure to accommodate evacuees, maybe General Del Rosario can give us a blueprint of that … Since you are here and you can go around and study,” he said.

“But it has to be a durable one, semento (made of cement). But this can only be used for evacuation purposes and to keep the people safe and not to disturb the resumption of the governmental functions that we have, the ministrant schooling and everything,” he added.

“The longer they stay in the school, the longer would be the disturbance of the education of the children,” Duterte said.

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Report from Manila Bulletin

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