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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 19, 2012


Disaster management office eyes barangay covered courts as evacuation centers

by ES Gorne

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Jan 19 (PIA) -- The barangay covered courts constructed in the locality have been eyed by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) headed by provincial governor as among the evacuation centers in the province.

According to PDRRMO consultant Jason Calva, Governor Damian G. Mercado said during the Action Center Kapihan, that using the barangay halls as evacuation centers is not convenient to both the barangay officials and evacuees since this will be disrupting official functions.

In Maasin City alone, 40 out of the 70 barangays have steel-covered courts which Governor Mercado considers improving with toilets, and sleeping quarters, Calva added.

Meanwhile, Congressman Roger Mercado of Southern Leyte, had been leading massive tree planting for years. This had contributed to a cooler Southern Leyte in the midst of global warming. (PIA8 - SoLeyte)

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