Army engineers to build temporary shelters in quake-hit NorthCot

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 14 November) — Engineers from the Army’s 901st Infantry Brigade of the 10th Infantry Division presented two prototypes of temporary shelters that the provincial government of North Cotabato is set to build ior residents who lost their homes due to the series of powerful quakes.

The prototypes were presented on Thursday to Acting North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Talino-Mendoza who told engineers the provincial government is set to include as banner program, “Adopt-A-House,”

The cost of the temporary shelter is 50,000 pesos, according to the Army enginners.

Prototype of temporary shelters worth 50,000 pesos. Photo courtesy of Provincial Government of North Cotabato

Mendoza said a number of businessmen, private establishments and companies, local government units from other areas, and peoples’ organizations have also expressed willingness to build homes for the quake victims.

The engineers told Mendoza the proposed temporary shelter is earthquake-proof and could withstand flooding.

The model houses have bolts, making them collapsible. They can also be transferred easily to another location. The ceiling and the walls are made of HardiFlex board and has a dimension of four by five meters.

The interior of a proposed temporary shelter. Photo courtesy of Provincial Government of North Cotabato

The construction crew performed on Thursday simulation activities that tested the houses’ durability and dependability.

“They tried to use water from fire trucks to really determine, if indeed, these houses are strong and safe,” said Mendoza.

These temporary shelters will be built in the towns of Makilala, Magpet, Tulunan, and M’lang, which are hardest hit by the October quakes.

Another prototype of a temporary shelters as designed by ARmy engineers. Each shelter costs an estimated 50,000 pesos. Photo courtesy of Provincial Government of North Cotabato

“There are quake victims who decide to build temporary shelters near their area, that’s okay. We are still looking for possible areas where we could build these types of houses,” Mendoza added.

Other quake victims who can afford to build their own homes can avail of loans from the Government Security Insurance System (GSIS) for government employees; Social Security System (SSS); and PAG-IBIG Home Mutual Development Fund for private workers.

The local government units can also ask funding from the National Housing Authority for the construction of shelters, she said. (Malu Cadelina- Manar / MindaNews)