BATAAN, Philippines – A former refugee center in the town of Morong during the war could be used by to temporarily shelter victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) who have fled the Visayas.
Arnel Casanova, Bases Conversion and Development Authority president, said his agency, which runs the Bataan Technological Park, is open to letting typhoon survivors use the 365-hectare area as an evacuation center.
Evacuees from the Visayas, mostly from the province of Leyte, are now at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City.
The BTP was once the site of the Philippine Refugee Processing Center, which accommodated 400,000 refugees from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.
Casanova said the Department of Social Welfare and Development can put up “temporary, makeshift shelters” at the park.
Morong Mayor Jorge Estanislao expressed support for the use of the Bataan Technological Park. He called on government agencies to coordinate with the local government unit.
While there are concerns about how the Morong local government will feed the evacuees and ensure security for the residents once evacuees troop to the area, residents whom Rappler spoke to said they are ready to accomodate the evacuees for humanitarian reasons. – Rappler.com
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