Netizens laud Marikina LGU for innovative evacuation tents

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 13) — Evacuees of flood-prone Marikina City were given a little bit of comfort despite the stormy weather.

As monsoon rains continue to batter parts of Luzon, the Marikina local government unit deployed its new modular tents in five evacuation centers over the weekend.

The tents are covered on all sides, but open on the top to allow air to flow. They offer privacy, shelter, and insulation so the thousands of evacuees do not have to sleep on cold, hard floors.

 

Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro said they acquired the modular tents to offer comfort to those who are affected by the storms or any other natural calamities, especially women and children. Each tent, which costs around P2,000, can comfortably fit up to seven people.

"Kinustomize namin, sinukat namin sa pitong miyembro ng pamilya. Nung inisip namin yung modular tents, hindi namin inisip maging sikat. Ang inisip namin 'yung tao, mabigyan ng dignidad, ng privacy, ng comfort," Mayor Teodoro told CNN Philippines on Monday.

(Translation: We customized it to fit a family of seven members. When we thought about the modular tents, we didn't think about getting famous. We thought about the people, to give them dignity, privacy and comfort.)  

He added this is also preventing the spread of communicable diseases, which is common in evacuation centers.

Over 22,000 individuals are staying in the city's evacuation centers, as of Monday morning. Relief goods and sleeping kits continue to pour in.

Netizens praised the Marikina LGU for the innovation and for making the situation better for its evacuees.

 

 

Some also lauded the city officials for properly using their citizens' tax money.

 

An evacuation center in Makati is also using similar modular tents.

Senator and former Valenzuela Representative Sherwin Gatchalian said Valenzuela is in the process of procuring similar tents.