Build dual-purpose evacuation/drying facilities: Pangilinan

Build dual-purpose evacuation/drying facilities: Pangilinan

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA – Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan urges the construction of dual-purpose buildings that serve as evacuation centers during calamities and drying facilities during harvest season.

Pangilinan said these buildings will be a win-win development for the government as these can serve dual roles for those potential victims of strong typhoons as well as the local farmers.

“Taon-taon tayong binibisita ng bagyo. As part of our disaster risk mitigation, the government should put enough budget for the construction of these dual-purpose buildings,” he said.

“Pwedeng evacuation center yung ground floor tapos yung bubong, semento at patag para pwedeng drying area. Sabi ng kaibigan kong civil engineer, i-design lang daw na hindi popondohan ng tubig ang concrete na bubong,” he added.

As of December 23, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said, 136,369 houses were damaged due to the typhoon. Of these, 52,736 were completely flattened by Odette, while 83,633 were recorded as partially damaged. (ai/mtvn)

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