MANILA — Following the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go renewed his call for the mandatory creation of safe and properly equipped evacuation centers in every municipality, city, and province across the Philippines.
On Tuesday, December 28, Go stressed anew the urgent need to act on disaster resilience measures such as his Senate Bill No. 1228 or the “Mandatory Evacuation Center Act”, which he filed in 2019 to ensure that victims of disasters will have temporary shelters that will guarantee their safety, promote their social well-being, and guard their welfare while they recover and rebuild their lives.
“When disaster strikes, the Filipinos, especially ‘yung mga underprivileged, suffer. In most instances, this disaster renders their homes unlivable, leaving the victims without roofs. Ibig sabihin nasisira ang mga bahay, marami pong apektado,” Go said.
“Minsan po, ‘di nagagamit ang mga paaralan kapag ginagamit ang mga eskwelahan (bilang evacuation centers)… Kaya panahon na po magkaroon tayo ng evacuation center sa bawat bayan,” he stressed.
As of December 28, a total of 1,290 schools or 7,489 classrooms are being used as evacuation centers in MIMAROPA, Regions 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and Caraga for the families affected by Odette, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. The number of affected families has reached 1,082,910, which is equivalent to around 4,235,400 individuals from Visayas and Mindanao.