Mayor Erlinda M. Maming searched for words to describe the harrowing sounds of Super Typhoon Yolanda as it neared the town of Banga, Aklan. “At my age, it was my first time to hear a crying wind,” Mayor Erlinda explained. “It was like the sound of a crying cat, only much louder.”
As Yolanda made landfall, Mayor Erlinda witnessed how the roofing of Banga civic center was blown away, piece by piece. The center, constructed largely of light materials, could not withstand the sheer force of the super typhoon. “It was unbelievable,” he said.
Two years on, the exterior of center looks almost just as it did prior to Yolanda. Inside, however, the civic center has been rebuilt with resiliency measures in mind.
“The project is very beneficial not just to our town but to our neighboring municipalities as well. Most of the social and religious activities are being done in our civic center. The funding assistance was a big help because the LGU couldn’t afford the rehabilitation project. It was not just repaired, it was strengthened to withstand future calamities, “ Mayor Erlinda added.