Flood-proof evac­u­a­tion cen­ters launched in Masan­tol vil­lage

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

MASAN­TOL - For low-ly­ing ar­eas like Masan­tol town, shel­ters that can with­stand pro­longed flood­ing where res­i­dents can take refuge be­comes a ne­ces­sity.

This was what en­cour­aged two non-govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions, in part­ner­ship with the lo­cal govern­ment here, to come up with float­ing evac­u­a­tion cen­ters which res­i­dents can use dur­ing times of cal ami t i es.

On Satur­day, The Cen­ter for Emer­gency Aid and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Inc. (CON­CERN) and AWO In­ter­na­tional fi­nally turned-over the two units of float­ing evac­u­a­tion cen­ters to res­i­dents of Barangay Nigui her e.

The in­no­va­tive shel­ters have a size of 8x8 me­ters com­plete with be­d­rooms and a bath­room, are made of bam­boo and ply­board, and are sit­ting on some 80 210-liter drums which serve as a float­ing de­vices.

The float­ing shel­ters were also in­stalled with so­lar pan­els as source of elec­tric­ity, rain pipes and wa­ter pu­ri­fiers to en­sure clean and potable wa­ter, and is part­nered with a float­ing gar­den where res­i­dents can plant and har­vest veg­eta­bles year-round.

Pam­panga Coastal Emer­gency Re­sponse (PCER) Fo­cal Per­son Marcelo “Ba­jun” La­cap, Jr. said that each shel­ter can safely ac­com­mo­date up to 80 per­sons, but pri­or­ity will be for se­nior cit­i­zens, per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties, sickly and chil­dren.

“The pur­pose of the float­ing evac­u­a­tion cen­ter is to pro­vide de­cent shel­ters to peo­ple in times of flood­ing. These are mov­able and can go along the tide so there is re­ally not much to worry, es­pe­cially that ev­ery­thing that a per­son needs is al­ready present in­side the house,” he said.

Mean­while, Mayor Danilo Guintu ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the non-govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions for hear­ing the con­cerns of and ex­tend­ing their as­sis­tance to the coastal res­i­dents here.

-Con­trib­uted Photo

FLOAT­ING SHEL­TERS. AWO In­ter­na­tional SEA Re­gional Di­rec­tor Ja­cob Littman leads the rib­bon cut­ting and turnover of float­ing shel­ters to res­i­dents of Barangay Nigui, Masan­tol.

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