Army starts building disaster response warehouses

Sun for Mon / Feb 10 for Feb 11, 2013
Written by: Dennis D. Estopace, Reporter
Photo by: Courtesy of Philippine Army
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THE Philippine Army began on Friday its plans to build warehouses in key areas of the country for disaster response initiatives.

“This is part of our continuing effort to bolster the efficiency of our Regional Disaster Reduction  and Management Councils in providing  support to the citizenry before,  during and after calamities,” said Undersecretary Eduardo D. Del Rosario.
Del Rosario, the newly-appointed Executive Director of the National Disaster Risk  Reduction and Management  Council (NDRRMC), led the ground-breaking ceremony for the 3-in-1 DRRM facility in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva  Ecija, on Friday.
Del Rosario said the project, which aims to build five facilitie, was conceptualized by NDRRMC chairperson and Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin.
The 3-in-1 facility will consist of an aircraft maintenance hangar, a  warehouse and an office space for the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).
“This is the first  projects designed to serve as logistics base and supply storage  who will be affected by disasters,” a briefing material from the NDRRMC said.
Other similar DRRM facilities, according to Del Rosario, will be built in Legaspi City, Albay; Tacloban City, Leyte; Cagayan de Oro  City, Misamis Oriental; and, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.
The NDRRMC said the building, which will cost P46 million and located in Fort Magsaysay will be constructed by the Engineering Construction Battalion, 54th EBde of the Philippine Army.
The 54th EBde, which stationed at Camp Lt. Tito B. Abat in Pangasinan, expects to finish construction of the DRRM facility in Fort Magsaysay in August or September of this year.
The construction of the facility came two months after Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) hit Mindanao and led to deaths of thousands. Economic losses to agriculture, infrastructure and private property were recorded at P37 billion (US$802 million), with an additional P5 billion (US$122 million) allocated to the rehabilitation of farms, according to a report by insurance firm Aon Benfield.

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