The city of Marikina has become synonymous with yearly flooding. This year hasn’t changed that, but something happened that flooded the Local Government Unit with praises from netizens. Japanese-style modular tents now made their appearances, effectively transforming Marikina evacuation centers into decent livable temporary shelters.
Photos shared online reveal clean and orderly evacuation centers packed with large modular tents similar to those used in Japan’s evacuation centers. Headed by Mayor Marcy Teodoro, the country’s shoe capital purchased these family-sized tents that could fit a family of six and ensure safety and privacy to its occupants. Lined side by side, the tents have no roofs and have a gray interior and blue exterior. Perhaps what impressed netizens more is the stark absence of any names or faces of politicians on the tents and other supplies otherwise branded as epal moves.
The tents also came with other provisions such as food, water, sleep essentials, hygiene kits, and free medical consultations.
How evacuation centers in Marikina look like. pic.twitter.com/oNfqwapmHT
— Sharielle Yanson, RN (@MadameSharielle) August 11, 2018
This is how evacuation centers in the country typically looks like:
— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) August 14, 2016
— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) October 18, 2015
Local officials raised the third alarm Saturday when the water level reached 18 meters above sea level at 4:57 p.m. Thousands were forced to evacuate as a result. According to the city’s Public Information Office (PIO), there are now an estimated 42,686 evacuees in the 13 designated evacuation centers.
Bulelak Covered Court has 4,340; the Malanday Elementary School has 4,482; Sta. Elena High School has 415; Leodegario Elementary School has 180; Nangka Covered Court has 3,537; CIS School has 3,071; H. Bautista Elementary School has 3,264; Kalumpang Elementary School; has 370; Sto. Nino Elementary School has 950; San Roque Multipurpose Hall has 42; Tanong High School has 267; San Roque Elementary School has 257; IVC School has 21,137.
The local government is accepting donations such as ready-to-eat food, clothes, blankets, and hygiene kits. You may drop off your donations at the Marikina Sports Center or you may contact Angelo Franco Piamonte at 09175693135.
Here are other ways to help or donate:
URGENT CALL for DONATIONS: Various communities in and out of Metro Manila affected by severe flooding are requesting donations.
— Gabriela WomensParty (@GabrielaWomenPL) August 11, 2018
Due to the consistent rainfall and flooding in some parts of Luzon, the University Student Council is now accepting donations for Isko Ops: Habagat.
Please donate any of the following: Clothes, Ready-to-eat Food, Medical Kits, Water.
Thank you & stay safe, everyone! pic.twitter.com/AScf62bday
— UP Diliman University Student Council (@USCUPDiliman) August 11, 2018
— Liberal Party PH (@LiberalPH) August 12, 2018
— Akbayan Party (@AkbayanParty) August 12, 2018
Read on to find out what netizens have to say about the current situation in Marikina’s evacuation centers:
With no epal moves! Good job, Marikina! https://t.co/JOSIvs73qQ
— Buwayahman (@buwayahman) August 12, 2018
Can we just appreciate Marikina's evacuation centers? Kudos, Marikina! Stay safe everyone! https://t.co/nQF3zaQeLV
— 🌛 (@gelat214) August 12, 2018
This is how prepared Marikina City Government is. Ayusin din natin ang evacuation centers para sa mga evacuees. Let's make them feel secured and at home. Basic decency lang. They deserve this kind of treatment. #RescuePH
ctto of the photos. pic.twitter.com/qkF1R49wZb
— bronson pajudpod (@brpajudpod) August 12, 2018
— Josef 🐯 (@iamsenjamir) August 12, 2018
Seeing these tents with regard to people’s privacy even in evacuation centers, we are grateful that our taxes in Marikina are put to really good use!
Although we hesitated to really sleep as we… https://t.co/xjxgYhkw8J
— Harriet H.Hormillosa, RGC (@nehcares) August 12, 2018
Good job local govt of Marikina! Let this be the start of decent evacuation centers
— Evelyn Lacuzong (@geminieve8) August 12, 2018
Can we just appreciate Marikina's evacuation centers? Kudos, Marikina! Stay safe everyone! https://t.co/Qc7moV7pFf
— Ukay Okay (@UkayOKOfficial) August 12, 2018
This is how evacuation centers should be. Good job Marikina LGU!! https://t.co/ql4dbY42qu
— Pauper Litigator (@hearsay73) August 12, 2018
Ganito po ang evacuation centers in Marikina. Salamat po at nagagamit ng wasto ang aming buwis sa aming bayan ng Marikina. https://t.co/WuHWpCJ8tW
— 💚💚 Twish 💚💚 (@pscd87) August 12, 2018
⛺️⛺️⛺️ Evacuation centers in Marikina are amazingly organized like camping tents. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Keep safe and dry everyone! 🤗 https://t.co/ScbFGe6vGr
— Jen Yang (@jenstardustaway) August 12, 2018
If we will it, we can do it. This evacuation center in Marikina is showing us how we can organize our evacuation centers. Good job, Marikina. https://t.co/GcsMdoDwJC
— Barry Barrientos (@babblingbarry) August 12, 2018
Ganda ng evacuation centers ng Marikina. Sana maging responsible din yung mga gumagamit. 🙂
— Shan shine 🌻 (@shaniluuuh) August 12, 2018
Very good sa Marikina ang evacuation centers https://t.co/7lFBCEP9Xe
— Kate Man 415 (@CATERINEIMANANQ) August 12, 2018
So, photos of comfortable evacuation centers in Marikina are circulating online, and i could not be any prouder. But please, wag nyo na lagyan ng politics yung dahilan kung bakit nagkaganyan!
— N I C O Y (@nicoylacoste) August 12, 2018
Tangina talaga netong mga ka-DDS eh. Pati yung efforts ng local govt ng Marikina ikicredit pa din kay Digong. Sige nga tignan natin itsura ng evacuation centers ng Davao. pic.twitter.com/RXicIGZ3v9
— Hey it's just J (@jason_without_y) August 12, 2018
Grabe to!!! Laging nababalita yung evacuation centers ng Tondo pero sobrang layo kung gaano ka organize, hygienic, kaganda and proper ng sa Marikina. Amazing. Yung mga officials, esp ng mayor ng marikina, kudos. 🙌🏼🙏🏼👏🏼 https://t.co/C05pBtS6zg
— Marvs (@matutinacpa) August 12, 2018
I am from Marikina and I can vouch for the local LGU here. Orange rainfall warning pa lang, naka set up na yung tents sa mga evacuation centers. Residents were also quick to evacuate kaso sobrang bilis talaga ang pag taas ng baha na some got trapped.
— ☀️ (@alyrific) August 12, 2018
Amazing!! Nice kaayo silag evacuation tents. Han-ay kaayo but, I pray nga all evacuees have been managed to put and stay na in the evacuation centers nearby Marikina! https://t.co/DdoG2guMq8
— Karylle🌻 (@karylleboglosa) August 11, 2018