Published: Sunday 12 August, 2018

LOOK Marikina Evacuation Center Pods / Cubicles Earn Praise, Shames Other LGUs

Marikina evacuation center

Finally, clean and private spaces for evacuees at the Marikina evacuation centers. (Facebook/Miriam Santiago Lines)

Marikina has just set the bar for how evacuation centers should be. Amid the chaos caused by the habagat rains, Marikina’s evacuation center pods / cubicles were a bright spot that immediately earned praise from netizens.

As photos of the orderly and clean evacuation center cubicles emerged on social media, I, like many netizens, first thought these were not in the Philippines.

How could it be when ‘normal’ evacuation centers here are bare concrete floors where evacuees would just lie down using mats or cardboard boxes they brought with them, their belongings scattered all around? But upon closer inspection, the cubicles bore the seal of Marikina City!

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What a pleasant sight of an evacuation center, for once! Kudos to Marikina City for coming up with this. Now, evacuees have access to clean and private spaces in evacuation centers.

Hopefully, other LGUs will follow suit. Shame on them if they don’t!

Marikina evacuation center

Calling other LGUs, we hope you got the message. (Facebook/Miriam Santiago Lines)