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Zarate to peers amid ‘Tisoy’ onslaught: Fast-track Evacuation Centers Bill

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Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate on Tuesday called on the House leadership to fast-track the approval of House Bill 5259 or the Evacuation Centers bill so that victims of calamities would have a secure and safe shelter during disasters like Typhoon Tisoy.

“Our proposed evacuation centers should be typhoon, earthquake and disaster resistant so that the victims would be safer and would not be confined in tent cities which are exposed to the elements,” he said.

“This is a departure from the common practice of using schools and multi-purpose halls as evacuation centers but are still in danger prone areas,’ the Makabayan lawmaker said.

Zarate said the evacuation centers proposed by HB 5259 should also be located in between barangays so that more people can reach them at the soonest time and may also serve as the command center for disaster response.”

“The fact that the Philippines is a country often visited by typhoons yearly, the government has to undertake measures while waiting for the completion of a comprehensive disaster preparedness program and its eventual implementation,” he said.

“We can save lives by ensuring that sturdy and typhoon-resilient, climate change-adaptive evacuation centers are located at a distance safe from waters and landslide-prone areas in every two to three contiguous barangays,” said the deputy minority leader.

“Isang hamon naman sa pamunuan ng Kongeso ngayon ang mabilisang pagpapasa ng HB 5259 dahil mahirap namang maaksidente pa ang mga nasalanta na nga tulad ng nangyari sa superbagyong Yolanda at iba pang mapaminsalang kalamidad,” he said.

“Kagyat na dapat ay matugunan na ang mga pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayang nasalanta,” Zarate said.

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