THE REHABILITATED municipal office of Marabut. a fifth-class town in Samar, was recently inaugurated, with the building designed to double as an evacuation center during typhoons and other calamities. The project is part of the 4.6 billion yen (P2.2 billion) comprehensive aid package of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for areas hit by super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in 2013. “This municipality hall we handed over Friday, June 15, was built based on Japanese standards that emphasize quality and safety using the concept of Build Back Better,” JICA Chief Representative Yoshio Wada said in a statement released June 14. The JICA Grant Aid Assistance for Typhoon Yolanda Rehabilitation and Recovery also includes rebuilding of schools, rural health unit, and providing training and equipment on disaster resilience for various government agencies and other institutions.