“Yolanda was the worst disaster in the history of our community,” Ma. Theresa S. Carsola, a teacher at the local elementary school, remembers.
As Typhoon Yolanda approached the town of Carles; the local civic center, most often used to accommodate large events, was used as a temporary evacuation center.
Yet the structure struggled to withstand the sheer force of the typhoon. “Yolanda left only left some sections of the roof intact,” Ma. Theresa explains. “(We had) thought that the gym would withstand typhoons, so many people were there during the disaster.”
“Then afterwards, the roofing was not immediately repaired so it was left exposed.”
Serving as the center of community activities, the destruction wrought upon the civic center significantly affected the local district. Local schools could no longer hold large assemblies: nor could large-scale sporting or community activities be held in a safe and secure environment.
Repair and rehabilitation
With RAY DILG funds assisting in repairs, public school supervisor Lynie B. Chavez explains how local students benefit from the newly rehabilitated civic center.
“When we hold activities in the playground, we need to set up everything,” she says. “Now that the civic center is repaired, we now only need to provide a sound system.”
Ma. Theresa agrees. “The newly repaired gym is more pleasing, sturdier and more durable. Now there is also an enclosure, so the impact is really significant.”
“And that is just from the perspective of the Department of Education,” she added. “This is also valuable for other activities held in our community.”