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BY IovEE NIARTE N. DELA CRUz land use plan.
, @joveemarie
Evacuation centers
HE government must DEPUTY Speaker Luis Ray-
lock down da'nger mund Villafuerte has sought
zones near Taal Vol- anew the construction of per-
cano, particularly in Lemery, manent evacuation centers
Agoncillo, Talisay and San in places most vulnerable to
Nicolas, Batangas where fis- natural disasters, following
sures or cracks in the ground the continued eruption of Taal
are appearing, a lawmaker Volcano that has forced over
said on Wednesday. 50,000 Batangas and Cavite
"Strictly implement the residents to flee to temporary
lockdown ofLemery, and other shelters, elsewhere.
towns where fissures are show- "Taal Volcano's continuing
ing Evacuate some, ifnot all, of activity, which has sent th6u-
the residents ofhigh-risk areas sanas ;f 'fa-}R-tli€,F-ufi;i?ffiin-o-
to Metro Manila," saidACT-CIS their homes in search of safer
Party-list Rep. Nifla Taduran. grounds, gives all the more
Taduran, an assistant ma- reason for the concerned gov-
jority leader, also asked Metro ernment agencies to fast-tlack
Manila mayors to open their President Duterte's proposal on
gyms, and other evacu"ation the'simultaneous' construction
centers, and to lend their tents of permanent evacuation cen-
and survival kits to the Batan- ters," said Villafuerte.
gas evacuees. Duterte bared this plan drir- .

She isiued the statement af- ing? sit ation briefing for the
ter she and ACT-CIS Rep. Eric President in Batangas City,
Go Yap personally witnessed following Taal Volcano's latest
the situation ofthe evacuees in eruption.
Sart Luis, Batangas, where they" "I hope that you can finish
distributedrelief goods and face it before my term ends. I want
masks. proiects that are doable and can
"Marikina and Makati have be finished duringmyterm," he
modular tents. Otherlocal gov- said-
ernments have empty gyms that The lawmaker first raised
can accommodate more evacu- his proposal to construct per-
ees. It is safer for the evacuees manenl facilities for evacuees
to be in Metro Manila where in September 2018, follow-
there's waterandelectricity, and ing the onslaught in Luzon of
where help is readily available," Typhoon Ompong, which killed
said Taduran. at least 65 people aud sent
"Phivolcs fPhilippine Insti- over 100,000 people fleeing to
tute of Volcanology and Seis- evacuation centers.
mologyl said that the fissures Villafuerte said such a plan
which are curreritly emerging should top the concerns ofthe
in the said towns are the same proposed Department of Di-
cracks that appearedbefore the saster Resilience, so the gov-
1911 eruption ofTaal Volcano, ernment could best achieve
Shouldn'twe learnfrom this ex- its zero-casualty goal as this
perience? Evacuate everyone. office, and other concerned
Get them out now before it's government agencies could
too 1ate. Ariest anyone who will fully implement preemptive
defy the lockdown," she added. evacuation, especially of peo-
She saidthe fissures shouldbe ple in coastal andmountainous
markedfoi'fu ture compreheniive communities. " t"Aq.o- - r{e'