Bohol vows to rebuild stronger Structures
by FFE PH News Staff
The non-government organisations Habitat for Humanity and Gawad Kalinga have just submitted their proposed buildings designs to the DSWD. The new designs are seen as a way for residents of Bohol to have stronger structures that can withstand floods and earthquake.
Department of Social Welfare and Development assistant Central Visayas director Nemia Antipala has just announced they have met with governor Edgar Chatto concerning the construction of disaster-resilient houses. She added that the designs are currently being studied. She said ‘Their design would be best suited for that eventuality. It has been predicted that every year, there will be stronger and stronger typhoons. So that is something we have to plan for.’
Bohol was struck with a 7.2-magnitude earthquake on 15 October that left Php7.862 billion in damages. An estimated 8,083 houses were destroyed while 34,527 others suffered various damages. President Aquino promised more than a week ago that the province will receive Php5 billion to cover for rehabilitation.
Chatto reported that, except for one community of 103 families in Tubigon town, ‘All remaining evacuees are now home-based, staying just outside their homes.’
Antipala said that those whose houses have been partially damaged can avail of cash assistance for reconstruction from their local government units. But only those below the Php12,000 income threshold can avail of this service.
Meanwhile, DepEd has resumed classes in the province. DepEd Bohol provincial superintendent Dr Wilfreda Bongalos announced that schools saw a 100% attendance on the 1st Monday of December. Saturday classes have been put in effect so that schools can catch up with the April graduations.
Bongalos said that the UN Children’s Foundation and Save the Children are helping DepEd set up more tents for makeshift classrooms. Meanwhile the deparment is also co-ordinating with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau to identify safer locations for the new schools.