Dome shelter for evacuees backed

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FORMER Sen. Eddie Ilarde on Friday said his group is looking for possible investors who can finance a dome for temporary shelter to evacuees in provinces visited by calamities like typhoon.

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At the weekly forum in Balitaan sa Hotel Rembrandt, Ilarde, one of the convenors of Maharlika Movement for National Transformation (MMNT) said the dome design can house more than 5,000 evacuees.

“Presently, there is no single evacuation shelter in the country with 12,058 kilometers of shoreline, 50 volcanoes, 13 of them active and where an average of 20 typhoons and periodic earthquakes visits our country every year,” Ilarde said.

The cost to build one is less than P100 million.

“The dome which they will call Likasan Dome is no ordinary building. We can assure anyone that this could stand the strongest typhoon even five times of Yolanda. The dome is also design as earthquake and fire proof as it could stand even intensity 10 quake.” Ilarde boosted.

The prototype dome will be built away from the shore and high on grounds safe from powerful storm surges and tsunamis. The place should be identified by the particular local government unit where the project should be built.

Since there are no takers yet, they encourage soft- hearted donors to make this dream come true to protect evacuees against natural calamities.

MMNT project consultant Architect Rene Punzalan suggested to divide the project into three to house 630 people at P37 million for the project, one each for Sorsogon, Camarines Sur and Albay. They are also eyeing to build the same kind of projects in the provinces of Samar, Leyte and Camarines Norte which are included in the belt of typhoon.

The dome 60 meters by 60 meters with adequate sleeping areas arranged to consider the safety of children, the sick ad the elderly and women’s privacy.

There would be adequate number of toilets and bathrooms designed for sanitation and mini kitchens and mess halls with the dome.

Punzalan explained that there will be storerooms for foodstuffs such as rice, baked and canned goods, instant noodles, bottled water and other necessities such as blankets, towels, flashlights, mosquito nets, foldable cots, plates and utensils, pots and pans, gas or charcoal stoves, water purifiers, first aid medicines, body bags, among others.

“Power generators will be on stand by and installed solar panels for emergency power will be available,” he said.

Ilarde claims that LGUs can get maintenance funds from rentals of idle spaces before any calamity for sports/gym facilities, seminars, convention, meetings, weddings and other receptions, mobile or portable eateries, etc.

“It can also be converted into Sky Garden planted to flowering plants and lush herbals and green which can attract tourist who can climb through safety ladders,” Ilarde pointed out.

To make this possible, LGUs need to provide at least 2,000 square meters of land situated on high ground and away from the shore.

“We appeal urgently to kind benefactors for cash donations for us to realize the dream for our people’s safety. We keep the faith because we know we are not alone,” Ilarde concluded.

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