Alang-alang

The central municipality of Alang-alang is situated near Tacloban City, and was devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

The typhoon’s fierce winds significantly damaged the town, along with government buildings including the municipal hall, public market and civic center.

Before Yolanda, “the facilities were sufficient to meet the needs of the people,” Michael A. Alve, municipal engineer says.

Alang-Alang Municipal Engineer Michael A. Alve
Alang-Alang Municipal Engineer Michael A. Alve

As the local government received the RAY DILG funding, repairs began immediately.

At the municipal hall, both the roof and roof framing had been stripped away: victim to the super typhoon’s gale-force winds. These were repaired, along with ceilings, painting and electrical works.

Nearby, the roof of the public market had sustained similar damage. Later repairs provided for a new roof, roof framing and repainting.

“The repair of the market has benefited us greatly,” says Jeralyn Sayaco, a local resident and one of the 25 vendors in the local market. “It’s now more comfortable, which is important, especially as we’re here every day. It is more organized now, than in the past.

“The municipal building is now being used by the accounting office and also serves as a function hall,” Michael says. In the meantime, the recovery continues. “our civic center is still under on-going construction,” he added.

Ongoing reconstruction of the Alang-Alang Civic Center - June 2015
Ongoing reconstruction of the Alang-Alang Civic Center – June 2015

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