Ateneo de Manila University via the Disaster Relief and Management Team (DReaM Team) is partnering with Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan to construct multi-purpose halls (MPH) cum evacuation centers for Tagbanua communities in the Calamianes Islands in Palawan.
Two members of the DReaM Team went with an architect from OCB Associates and Architects and an engineer from Solar Solutions to consult with the members of four island communities near Culion – Cagait, Chindonan, Alulad and Galoc.
The community members in all four places were asked if they were amenable to building an MPH which would also serve as an evacuation site in case a typhoon as strong as Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) hit their small village.
Representatives of the 42 families living in Cagait were consulted about the MPH design, which would include a small classroom for children of the community, and a chapel.
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