Manila opens evacuation centers to 6,000 Yolanda victims




The city of Manila has offered its permanent evacuation centers to at least 6,000 people displaced by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Manila Rep. Benjamin Asilo said on Thursday the displaced persons can stay in the evacuation centers in Del Pan and Baseco, Tondo.

The Del Pan evacuation center is a four-storey building on a 4,000-square-meter lot and is the the first centralized evacuation center in the country.

The Baseco facility is the bigger version of the Del Pan Evacuation Center.

The centers can each house 6,000 persons and have 18 rooms and 15 comfort rooms, three of which are for disabled persons.

They also have a clinic, central kitchen, stock room, paging system room, close circuit television cameras, laundry area, an office for disaster and social welfare personnel, as well as elevator for persons with disabilities, pregnant women and senior citizens.

Both centers have generators for emergency power.

“This is to respond to the need of the victims of the typhoon Yolanda from the Eastern and Central Visayas. The Manila Evacuation Centers can serve as temporary shelters for the displaced. The senior citizens, disabled, sickly, pregnant women, children and all those needing special care and attention will be given preference to stay in the centers,” Asilo said.

“These sectors need to be separated from those lodged in the tent cities where they will be more vulnerable,” Asilo, chairman of the House Committee on People’s Participation, added.



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