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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the construction of evacuation centers “stronger than a typhoon” for people who were forced to flee their homes due to disasters.

“Alam mo, it is high time that government consider really, of course, in the government units facing the Pacific Ocean, gamit na gamit ito na we build a strong structure, stronger than a typhoon that would come their way para mapuntahan ng mga tao, and maybe small rooms with many comfort rooms where people can really stay for awhile,” Duterte said in a speech late Tuesday.

He lamented that the use of schools as emergency shelters disrupts normal school operations.

“Pagka hindi natin ito ginawa pagkatapos ng post-COVID, hopefully kung maawa ang Diyos, itong mga tao, they usually refer to the schools and public buildings, thereby creating an aberration in the movement or in the development of the different governmental functions and the education,” according to him.

Duterte said he assigned one person “to do all of these things from the selection, appropriation, and everything.”

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