Disaster-resilient infrastructure for Bohol

bohol footbridge

Disaster-resilient housing solutions for the earthquake-struck Philippines province of Bohol have been submitted by the NGOs Habitat for Humanity and Gawad Kalinga. The quake, which registered 7.2 on the Richter Scale, destroyed Bohol’s bridges, schools, roads and churches.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development assistant Central Visayas director, Nemia Antipala, met with Governor Edgar Chatto to discuss disaster-resilient proposals: “Their design would be best suited for that eventuality. It has been predicted that every year, there will be stronger and stronger typhoons. So that is something we have to plan for,” she told the press in December.

Bohol suffered damages to the tune of P7.862b in the storm, with 8,083 houses lost and 34,527 damaged. 64 evacuation centres have been installed, with tents for over 40,000 displaced families supplied by various agencies. NGO headquarters also served as makeshift shelters. Bohol must be equipped with houses to endure winds of up to 220km/h, as part of Chatto’s proposed four-year rehabilitation and recovery plan for the province.

President Aquino inaugurated Abatan’s temporary steel bridge during his visit, which connects the towns of Maribojoc and Cortes. Two new bridges, Disamparados Bridge along the Tagbilaran north road and Tultogan Bridge in Calape town, will be built as part of a road and bridge construction scheme that will cost around P138 million.

Image shows a temporary bamboo footbridge making it possible for people to cross Abatan Bridge in Maribojoc town, Bohol province.