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Go pushes anew for construction of permanent evacuation centers

January 18, 2020 - Saturday 6:01 PM by MDM

Article Banner Image Senator Christopher Lawrence Go and Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas (right) handle a horse that will be given to those who lost theirs in the eruption of Taal Volcano. Contributed photo

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go again emphasized the need to construct a permanent evacuation center in every local government unit in the country.

“One of my priority bills at gusto rin po ito ng Pangulo na magkaroon tayo ng permanent evacuation centers,” Go told reporters on Thursday at the Bauan Technical High School in Bauan, Batangas where a number of people are being sheltered after fleeing the ongoing eruption of Taal Volcano.

Go was referring to his recently filed bill, Senate Bill (SB) 1228, also known as the Mandatory Evacuation Center Act, which he filed last December.

The bill mandates the establishment of safe, permanent, and dedicated evacuation centers. It will require every city, province, and municipality to construct evacuation centers that will be equipped with basic necessities such as emergency packs and medicines.

“(At least) by province po dapat. Kulang ang by region. Huwag na nating hintayin na magkaroon pa ng mga lindol o baha. Naaantala ang pag-aaral ng mga bata. Minsan nagagamit ang eskwelahan. Panahon na magkaroon na ng permanent evacuation centers lalung lalo na po para sa mga apektadong bata,” Go said.

“May higaan, comfort rooms, ‘yung sanitation maayos, hanggang sa makauwi sila sa kanilang mga pamamahay,” he added.

At the Bauan Technical High School, Go distributed grocery packs, regular face masks, N95 masks, and packed meals. He had extended similar help earlier in the day to evacuees in Barangay Kaybagal South in Tagaytay City.

Go also told evacuees that he has already asked individuals and groups to donate horses for those who lost theirs. Some of the horses were already turned over to the evacuees whose livelihood depended on it during the visit, while the rest will be brought to other towns in Cavite and Batangas. 

Go said Filipinos should be proactive and ready in times of crisis brought about by natural disasters and calamities. 

Go also told the evacuees that he is currently in talks with the provincial government of Batangas to immediately build an evacuation center in the province and find the budget for it. MDM