Marikina Evacuation Center

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.

This is how evacuation centers in the country typically looks like:

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:

Read on to find out what netizens have to say about the current situation in Marikina’s evacuation centers:

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