Social Welfare and Development Secretary Erwin Tulfo on Monday said he wanted each municipality in the country to have an evacuation center following the onslaught of typhoon “Karding.”

In a typhoon situation briefing with President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Tulfo said schools were mostly used as evacuation centers.

“Pero ang isa pong hinihingi namin sir is kagaya po niyan, ‘pag gumanda na po ang panahon, dahil ginagamit talaga mgaeskuwelahan as evacuation centers. We really need to have an evacuation center in every municipality lalo na po ‘yung mga typhoon at flood-prone areas,” Tulfo told the president.

Tulfo said the use of classrooms as evacuation centers caused overcrowding in schools that were conducting face-to-face classes.

“Kaya ang talaga pong dapat sir ay mayroon tayong sariling evacuation center every time para hindi po nadi-disrupt ‘yung mga pag-aaral ng mga bata ‘pag maganda na po ang panahon,” he said.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), 1,208 families were affected by the typhoon.

A total of 52,000 individuals were evacuated, the NDRRMC said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro