Duterte wants speedy construction of evacuation centers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday told his Cabinet officials he wants more evacuation centers in the country and he wants it done before his term ends in 2022.

He gave this order to his Cabinet secretaries and disaster officials during a situation briefing on the eruption of Taal Volcano , which displaced thousands of residents in Batangas and nearby areas.

"Kailangan matapos ahead yung — make it simultaneous — evacuation center... I hope you can finish it before my term ends," the President said in a meeting held at the Batangas ProvincialSports Complex in Batangas City.

He told them to come up with a realistic timeline for the construction of temporary shelters nationwide, reminding them not to start projects that cannot be finished before his presidency ends in two and a half years.

"Do not start on projects that you cannot finish beyond my term. I want projects that are doable and can be finished during my term... Do not dream of ‘yung malalaking hindi matapos kasi hindi ko ia-approve ‘yan. Ayaw kong mag-iwan ng project na hindi tapos,” Duterte said.

More than 30,000 people have been evacuated as Taal Volcano continues to spew ash, smoke, and magma. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Tuesday said 6,891 families or 30,432 individuals from Batangas and Cavite were affected by the eruption. Of this number, 6317 families were from Batangas while 574 came from Cavite, Office of Civil Defense Assistant Secretary Casiano Monilla said during the briefing of disaster response officials in Malacañang on Tuesday.