DPWH advises public to build disaster resilient houses PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 10:51

With the experience of the  Vizayas area which was ravaged by supertyphoon Yolanda, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Region 2 has urged public to start building disaster resilient houses.

DPWH Regional Director Melvin Navarro said there is no way for the public to ensure safety during calamities but to prepare for the worst to happen.

He said comparing the devastated areas in the provinces of Samar and Leyte with that of the Batanes province, both were hit by strong typhoons but Batanes incurred zero casualty while thousands were killed in the Vizayas area.

“In Batanes, they were very much prepared as they built stone houses there that withstand strong typhoons. The public were also trained on what to do whenever there are information those strong typhoons will their area. So it is very important that we start to build resilient houses as well as individuals,” Navarro said.

He further proposed that each LGU and government line agency must also train their staff on first aid to have ready workforce to serve to help in time of disasters.

He also advised LGUs to review their zoning ordinances to prevent families stationing themselves in disaster prone areas such as coastal zones, landslide and flashflood prone areas.