By: Merlito G. Edale Jr.
The city disaster risk reduction and management office (CDRRMO) is recommending the retrofitting of all existing evacuation centers in the city to increase their resistance against super strong typhoons that may occur in the future.
The existing evacuation centers in the city are barangay halls, community centers and public schools that were recommended by the city disaster risk reduction and management council (CDRRMC).
Julius Agustin , statistics officer of the CDRRMO, admitted that the existing evacuation centers in the city cannot withstand the strong winds just like of super typhoon Yolanda that crossed in the Visayas region that is why the CDRRMO is recommending retrofitting to the city’s evacuation centers.
He said the city’s Recue 206 rescue personnel assured that their teams are ready to respond to emergencies in times of calamities but the evacuation centers should be retrofitted to make them stronger during strong typhoons.
He said the city government does not want the Santiaguenos to experience the tragedy happended in the Visayas where evacuation centers were also destroyed that resulted in the destruction of lives and properties. (TCB/MGE – PIA2/Isabela)