By By Fernan A. Gianan
A problem with evacuation centers
posted 29-Jul-2019  ·  
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There are several things that a new administration of a local government unit should do first to keep the organization running soon after the transfer of power. And among these is the reconstitution of the local special bodies such as the Health Board, Peace and Order Council, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, and Bids and Awards Committee.

Failure to accomplish this in the first two weeks of the new administration leaves it vulnerable to virtual paralysis if any untoward or unforeseen incident occurs.

This appears to have been the case in the capital town of Virac where it was only when the Rural Health Unit requested for an urgent meeting of the MDRRMC that it was learned that the council had yet to be reconstituted.

As the DILG’s point man in the town, Joel Maglaqui, pointed out during the meeting, the council, then presided over by Acting Vice Mayor Arlynn Arcilla, could not approve a proposed resolution allocating additional funding for the purchase of anti-dengue medicines.

The terms of its members having expired at the end of the three-year term of the previous administration, Mayor Sinforoso Sarmiento has to issue an executive order reconstituting the council, something that should be similarly done with the other special bodies particularly the BAC.

Fortunately, the municipal administrator, Atty. Norlito Agunday, was on hand to inform the council that the executive orders are ready for signing of the local chief executive, who was in Manila on official business.


During the recent meeting of the Provincial DRRM Council, one issue that took up a considerable amount of time was the site of the evacuation center in Viga town.

According to PDRRMO Jerry Beo, there are three evacuation centers to be built in the island at a cost of P31 million each by the DPWH regional office.

Now, for the Viga center, Beo wanted it built right inside the Viga district hospital on a vacant lot where a now-decrepit and roofless evacuation center stands. He asked the council to approve, among others, the realignment of part of the calamity funds in the amount of P400,000 for the demolition of the existing steel structure and ground preparation.

He said that the evacuation center needs to be built inside the VDH so that it will be the property of the provincial government.

The only problem is that the Provincial Health Office is against the proposal, as it has submitted to the DOH a five-year plan for the proposed new hospital building to be erected on the very same spot. PHO II Dr. Hazel Palmes and her staff disclosed that the existing hospital no longer complies with the current standards of the DOH.

With the PHO refusing to budge from its position, the option left for the provincial government is to acquire a sizable lot in Viga, which would need millions of pesos in funding. Or it could perhaps request the Viga municipal government headed by Mayor Emeterio Tarin to provide the site so that construction could begin soonest.

    There is a minor thing though with the design of the three evacuation centers.

    All three have GI roofing, meaning there is a strong possibility that the structures, with people inside, could be unroofed by the powerful winds of a supertyphoon.

    This is unlike the P50-million evacuation center built in Virac by the DPWH regional office. The center has a concrete roofing and is expected to withstand strong winds. The almost complete Virac evacuation center project, however, has been abandoned by its contractor for unknown reason.


THE THIRD HUSBAND. A woman announces to her friend that she is getting married for a fourth time.

    “How wonderful! But I hope you don’t mind me asking what happened to your first husband?”

    “He ate poisonous mushrooms and died.”

“Oh, how tragic! What about your second husband?”

    “He ate poisonous mushrooms too and died.”

    “Oh, how terrible! I’m almost afraid to ask you about your third husband.”

    “He died of a broken neck.”

    “A broken neck?”

    “He wouldn’t eat the mushrooms…”

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