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Foreign refugees’ home to shelter ‘Yolanda’ victims

Posted On 2013 Dec 02
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Tacloban residents displaced by Typhoon Haiyan fill the cargo hold of a C-17 Globemaster aircraft during Operation Damayan before departing from Tacloban, Philippines, Nov. 22, 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Peter D. Blair

Tacloban residents displaced by Typhoon Haiyan fill the cargo hold of a C-17 Globemaster aircraft during Operation Damayan before departing from Tacloban, Philippines, Nov. 22, 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Peter D. Blair

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – A former government official said a refugee center in Morong, Bataan may be used to temporarily house survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” from Eastern Visayas.

Former National Food Authority (NFA) administrator Romeo David said the Philippine Refugee Processing Center in Morong, Bataan can ease the influx of survivors in Metro Manila and Cebu.

The refugee center, built by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the 80s, once housed Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian refugees.

“It is a self-contained community that the government can easily revive,” David said.

“It’s just a matter of a decision maybe from Malacañang to utilize the area and mobilize for that effort. I think within a short span of a month or two, we can get this up and running and going to accept the refugees for a better quality of life.”

The 365-hectare refugee center has various amenities such as a church, staff houses, a tennis court, a basketball court and a clubhouse. It also has supply of electricity and water.

Meanwhile, Hermosa town mayor Danilo C. Malana said some 1,000 units of a low-cost housing project in his town meant for Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel may also be used to house the refugees. (MNS)

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