By Charissa Luci-Atienza
House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez sought on Thursday the adoption of calamity-proof designs in the construction of public infrastructures.
He called on the government to gradually wean away from the “build, repair, and re-build” practice, noting that an average of 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year and an imminent magnitude-7.2 earthquake poses threat to Metro Manila cities.
“Over the years, the government allotted millions of pesos to repair and rehabilitate government infrastructures. The biggest budget allocation was given to public infrastructure projects, in the amount of P3 billion,” he said.
“While we acknowledge that there are natural calamities that render the strongest of structure vulnerable, we should be building high quality, safe and calamity-proof structures that would save us from the cost of repairs, ” Suarez said.
He filed House Bill 5128 mandating all government buildings and infrastructures to adopt calamity-proof designs that will withstand magnitude-8 earthquakes and level-5 typhoons.
“This will not only save government money from unnecessary and preventable repairs, the safety of the people is also ensured, ” Suarez said.
The bill tasks the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to issue the necessary rules and regulations for the effective implementation of the proposed Act.
“Through this bill, it is hoped to bring in strong and sturdy structures, with the input and shared knowledge of other government agencies. This aims to pave the way for the Golden Age of Infrastructure envisioned by this administration, ” Suarez said.
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