Typhoon, quake-resistant schools in Concepcion

ILOILO – Concern Worldwide, an international humanitarian organization, is helping the province transform five typhoon-ravaged schools in the island-barangays of Concepcion into stronger ones.

The reconstruction plan will benefit the elementary schools of Barangays Polopiña, Salvacion, Igbon, Malangabang, and Bagonggong.

 According to Provincial Administrator Raul Banias, the organization committed to retrofit a total of 32 classrooms and reconstruct 16 classrooms in the areas.

The new classrooms are designed to resist earthquake and whenever there will be another typhoon that has wind speed of up to 300-kilometer per hour.

Concern Worldwide is also active in helping the residents improve their utilization of ground water sources through the development of spring water catchments and wells.

They currently have this project in Igbon, Polopiña, Salvacion and Tambaliza. It was conceptualized after the island-barangays’ water system sustained serious damage due to Super Typhoon Yolanda.

The organization also taught the residents of Baliguian, also in Concepcion, to practice rain water harvesting in day care center, primary school, health center and in their public plaza. 

Concern Worldwide is among the organizations who responded to province’s call for aid following the widespread devastation caused by the monster storm in November 2013.

Aside from their support in the reconstruction of typhoon-ravaged schools, Concern Worldwide also provided emergency shelter kits to 11,004 households in Concepcion and Carles.

They also provided cash grants plus new motorized boats to affected fisher folk and launched coral reef replanting, mangrove reforestation and coconut farming restoration. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Iloilo Capitol News)


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