A SENATOR is proposing the construction of post-harvest facilities that can double as evacuation centers in the aftermath of typhoon Rai, locally known as Odette.  

Senator Francis “Kiko” N. Pangilinan, who is running for vice president next year, said these dual-purpose buildings will benefit farmers as well as residents during calamities.   

“Yearly, we are being visited by storms. As part of our disaster risk mitigation, (the) government should put enough budget for the construction of these dual-purpose buildings,” he said in a mix of English and Filipino in a statement on Tuesday. 

“The ground floor can be used as an evacuation center while the roof, cement, and flat can be used as drying areas,” he said. 

Mr. Pangilinan said the recent typhoon, the 15th and strongest to hit the country this year, underscored the importance of evacuation centers and higher allocation for calamity funds.   

“We need to be more prepared,” he said.  

Measures for “disaster-proofing” will also prepare the country for other effects of climate change, he added. — Alyssa Nicole O. Tan