By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — In the aftermath of Super Typhoon Odette that has displaced thousands of people, Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero is pushing for the provision of permanent and safe houses for residents living along the coastlines and dangerous zones to protect them and their properties, particularly in times of natural calamities.
At the same time, Escudero is proposing to the government to declare as “no-build” zones areas it deemed unsafe for habitation aside from what was specified in Republic Act 11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act of 2018, to perpetually ban people from building houses and other permanent structures in highly dangerous locations.
“Saksi naman ang lahat na sa kada panahon ng tag-ulan at lalo na kung may malalakas na bagyo, nagkukumahog tayong iligtas ang mga kababayan natin na nakatira sa mga baybayin at peligrosong lugar. Mailigtas man natin sila, sira at giba naman ang kanilang kabahayan at ibang ari-arian,”according to Escudero, who headed the Senate Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources in the 15th Congress.