WITH a series of typhoons hitting the region, the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CCDRRMC) will build two evacuation centers in the city that can house over a thousand families.
The evacuation centers will cost the City Government P30 million. The project is among the items that have big appropriations under the City’s P243.6-million calamity fund for this year.
CCDRRMC presiding officer Council Dave Tumulak said one of the evacuation centers will be constructed in the north district while the other one will be constructed in the south district.
Tumulak said the two facilities will be patterned after the evacuation center in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It will be big but not costly, and it will be well-ventilated.
Kaohsiung is one of Cebu City’s sister cities.
In an interview, Tumulak said there is a need for the City to construct evacuation centers so schools will no longer be used during emergencies or calamities.
“Schools are not supposed to be used as evacuation centers. If we continue to use them, it will jeopardize the school’s operations. We want that after every typhoon, the school’s daily activities will immediately resume given that they have not been damaged,” he said.
At present, Tumulak said, the CCDRRMC is already conducting survey and hazard mapping to determine the best possible locations for the two evacuation centers.
“Among the criteria for the site is that it should be away from water, it should be elevated and structurally, it should withstand earthquake,” he said.
The acquisition of land for the two facilities already form part of the P30 million budget.
Other items funded by this year’s calamity fund are the purchase of life-saving equipment for floods, earthquakes, fire and landslides (P42.6 million), construction of command center building (P12 million), and premiums for insurance of crops, and City-owned buildings and equipment (P73 million), among others.
Based on Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, the calamity fund, which is five percent of the total estimated revenue of a local government unit, shall only be used to support disaster risk management activities such as, but not limited to, pre-disaster preparedness programs such as training of personnel and purchase of equipment, post-disaster activities, and to pay premiums on calamity insurance. PDF