To ensure that school instruction continues, the government built more evacuation centers around the nation.…
Refiled bill to construct evacuation centers in all cities and towns
Senator Win Gatchalian has reintroduced a bill that would mandate the construction of evacuation centers in each and every city and municipality across the nation.
Gatchalian stated that evacuation centers must offer immediate evacuation for people who have been forced from their homes due to disasters, calamities, or other emergencies, including severe climate disturbances, fire, and the outbreak of illnesses and diseases, in his Senate Bill No. 940, also known as the Evacuation Center Act.
Gatchalian brought up the customary practice of using school facilities as shelters during emergencies, which interferes with academic pursuits.
He added that there aren’t enough or there aren’t enough school facilities and classrooms that are disaster-proof.
In a news release on Monday, he added that many classrooms also sustain damage following a typhoon or other disaster and can’t be used as shelters.
New evacuation centers and renovations to schools that serve as evacuation centers would have to be able to withstand winds of 320 km/h and mild seismic activity of at least 7.2 magnitude, according to Gatchalian’s proposal.
We shouldn’t use classrooms as evacuation centers since it disrupts courses after disasters, he added. “Hindi na tayo dapat masanay na gumamit ng mga silid-paaralan bilang mga evacuation center, lalo na’t nakakaantala ito sa pagpapatuloy ng edukasyon matapos ang isang sakuna.”
When super typhoon Odette wreaked havoc on the nation in December 2021, the Department of Education (DepEd) Region 6’s Rapid Assessment and Damages Report (RADAR) revealed that 380 classrooms in Western Visayas alone were completely destroyed, with 397 more suffering significant damage.
A magnitude 7 earthquake that struck northern Luzon last month also caused damage to 11 schools in Central Luzon, 9 in the Cagayan Valley, 8 in the Cordillera Administrative Region, and 7 in the Ilocos Region, according to RADAR.
A priority list of LGUs in need of evacuation centers must be created by the National Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) and the chief executives of local government units (LGU).
He stated that the NDRRMC may take into consideration enhancing amenities in schools or other buildings that are already being used as evacuation centers if an LGU has no appropriate location for construction.
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