ComVal guv orders re-evaluation of evac centers

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Friday, December 6, 2013

COMPOSTELA, Compostela Valley -- Compostela Valley Governor Arturo T. Uy said he has ordered his personnel to re-evaluate their evacuation centers to see if it is safe for their constituents.

"I gave out marching orders to my personnel to make an inventory of our evacuation areas to see if they are safe," Uy told reporters prior to the turnover ceremony of the Poblacion Compostela Bridge Rehabilitation project on Thursday.

He said his orders came in the heels of their experience with Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) and how Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) devastated Leyte, Samar, and its neighboring areas.

"Our constituents need safe and reliable evacuation centers," Uy said.

He said since ComVal does not experience storm surges but instead floods, it is important that their evacuation centers are two-storeyed.

"I have recommended to the Department of Education that they shift their style of construction of school buildings from having only one floor to two floors to avoid flooding," Uy said.

He also said barangays, being the frontline of defense, should also see to it that they have identified evacuation areas in their villages.

"If we are not prepared, it will be hard for us to respond," Uy said.

Pablo made land fall in the Philippines on December 4, 2013, causing 1,901 deaths and $1.04 billion in damages in Davao Region.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 07, 2013.

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