Joint Project by the PAMWE, Feed the Hungry (FtH) and the Philippine Humanitarian Coalition (PHC)
Project Location: Alangalang 1 Central School, San Roque-Poblacion, Alangalang, Leyte, Philippines
The Project Beneficiaries are elementary school students/local residents affected by typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda
The devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in 2013 caused much infrastructure damage to the Visayan Islands (notably Leyte) including a number of school buildings and displaced thousands of individuals. This devastation exacerbated an existing shortage of school buildings.
The loss of life caused by Typhoon Haiyan highlighted the need for evacuation centers in typhoon prone areas of the Philippines. As a result, there is a need for building of new schools and the construction of evacuation centers in the region capable of withstanding damaging typhoons and earthquakes.
PAMWE and FtH built a two-classroom school house/evacuation center. Filipino contractors with the assistance of PAMWE built the classroom in compliance with the mandated minimum structural standards for withstanding wind and earthquake damage and will serve primarily as a school for local children (grades K-12 students), and secondarily, as a place of refuge for local residents as an evacuation center in the event of a typhoon or other natural disaster.
The new schoolhouse evacuation shelter have the following characteristics:
- Schoolhouse/evacuation center provides space for two 7m x 9m classrooms;
- Classrooms to accommodate 50 students each;
- Classrooms fully furnished with desks, chairs, & blackboard;
- One Bathroom per classroom;
- Constructed of reinforced concrete with a thick corrugated steel hip roof with proper ventilation and electricity; and,
- Built to withstand winds of up to 250 kph and meet all minimum DepEd requirements.
On April 2016, past President and Scholarship Chairwoman, Ms. Hilda Leuterio Gigioli, with FTH founders, Mr. Pablito and Mrs. Tessie Alarcon, visited the classrooms. The Alangalang 4th graders are the beneficiaries of the classrooms.