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Building new evacuation centers will require careful execution.

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The effectiveness of the proposed formation of “well-equipped and completely operational” evacuation centers in every city and municipality across the nation, a lawmaker stated on Wednesday, depends on enough funding and proper implementation.

Rep. Alfred Delos Santos of the Ang Probinsyano Party said in a statement that House Bill 7354, which was approved by the House of Representatives on the third and final reading, is one short-term fix to enhance how the government keeps evacuees safe while providing shelter from disasters in their communities.

“If properly funded and carried out, this mandate to construct evacuation centers in the proper manner can fundamentally alter how the government constructs multi-use buildings that frequently double as evacuation centers. The current default evacuation locations are sporting stadiums and schools, he said.

He claimed that the custom of utilizing public schools as the first stop for evacuees is “particularly disruptive” because classes cannot, are postponed, or are somehow impacted while the evacuees are on campus, thus complicating the lives of the inhabitants and pupils.

According to Delos Santos, the proposal establishes criteria and guidelines for site selection and facility layout, therefore implementers should be developing the first drafts of the implementing rules and regulations.

“I like multi-story designs for these evacuation centers so they don’t take up all the open spaces needed by schools for their activities as well. Create evacuation plans that won’t fall or collapse in the face of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or floods, he advised.

He stated that the answer is to build upwards in order to make the most of limited space in metropolitan centers where a land area or buildable space is lacking.

He emphasized that the new evacuation centers have to be the barangays’ strongest, most disaster-resistant buildings.

According to him, areas with a high risk of disasters must be given priority, and evacuation centers must be constructed outside of those high-risk areas.

“Those barangays that are tamaan ng mga kalamidad (Those barangays that are tamaan ng mga disasters should be prioritized for the creation of new evacuation facilities),” he remarked.

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