Sat. May 28th, 2022

President Rodrigo Duterte may provide additional funding for the construction of more evacuation centers, a Cabinet official said Sunday.


Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario bared the development and confirmed that Duterte will be visiting Batangas on Monday to check if the evacuation hubs outside Taal Volcano’s danger zone are compliant with design standards.

“The President is going tomorrow, Monday, to Batangas to inspect one of the three evacuation centers we constructed. He said he wanted to see them to check if they were constructed in accordance with the design standard he approved in 2018,” he said in Filipino in a radio interview.

Del Rosario said three evacuation centers located in the municipalities of Santa Teresita, Alitagtag, and Mataasnakahoy were inaugurated on Wednesday.

Each center could accommodate 150 families of four or five members.

There are separate restrooms for men and women, shower rooms, prayer rooms, kitchens, clinics, and a storage room to receive supplies, he added.

Del Rosario said Duterte may provide additional funding should there be a need to construct more evacuation centers.

“Actually, one of the intentions of our dear President to visit is to provide additional funds,” he said in Filipino.

From 2016 to 2021, Del Rosario said 392 evacuation center projects nationwide were initiated by the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Of the total, 299 are finished, 92 are undergoing construction, and only one has yet to start construction.

The evacuation center projects cost about PHP14.3 billion.

“President Duterte said ‘I have excess funds that I want to give in case I want additional evacuation centers’,” he added in Filipino.

Asked if the evacuation centers could withstand strong storms, he said they could also withstand earthquakes because big steel bars were used to construct them.

“In my assessment, the construction was thorough. Bigger steel bars were used and could even withstand earthquakes,” he said in Filipino.

He said the evacuation centers are not covered by the election spending ban since they were constructed in compliance with the department’s Balanced Housing Development Program which is required from the developers before they can sell their projects.

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