Netizens lauded the Marikina local government unit (LGU) for being prepared in the face of heavy rains and flooding over the weekend, evacuating and providing temporary shelter to residents displaced by the calamity.
On Saturday, thousands of families evacuated to Malanday Elementary School due to the rising water level at Marikina River. The water level reached the third warning with many areas in Barangay Malanday submerged in flood.
The Marikina LGU set up modular evacuation tents in evacuation centers, which quickly went viral and earned praise in social media. Many netizens expressed their relief and pride on how the city government responded and handled the emergency situation.
One Marikina resident attested to the city’s emergency preparedness:
I am from Marikina and I can vouch for the local LGU here. Orange rainfall warning pa lang, naka set up na yung tents sa mga evacuation centers. Residents were also quick to evacuate kaso sobrang bilis talaga ang pag taas ng baha na some got trapped.
— Catri-ayawkona Gray (@alyrific) August 12, 2018
Meanwhile, other social media users pointed out that the evacuation center in Barangay Malanday was organized with modular tents to ensure the privacy of the evacuees:
Evacuees from Malanday in Marikina. Mas maayos sila they have privacy with their modular tent provided by Marikina gov't.
Evacuation Centers in Malanday Elementary School in Marikina have tents for families. Their 4 major schools used as evacuation centers have these tents. 👍
(Photos from Reinan Ignacio of DepEd Marikina Division) pic.twitter.com/nrA4xezQFw
— Kessica🌈 (@kessicabersamin) August 11, 2018
— Noel Soriano (@noelontheroad) August 13, 2018
There were also netizens who wished that all LGUs could emulate what the city of Marikina has done to ensure the safety and comfort of their evacuees:
— wana 🐢🛩🌺 (@juanamesswithme) August 12, 2018
Ang ganda nung nakita kong post about sa evacuation center ng Marikina!!! May space bawat pamilya because yung tent! Good job LGU of #Marikina. This is on you! 💙
— Maria Veronica (@yourveronica) August 12, 2018
Saw this on facebook. People are enjoying their privacy. And take note, walang mukha ng politicians ang mga tents. Kudos Marikina City. Hope other cities in Metro Manila will follow. pic.twitter.com/mhvu2PgnJq
— C (@theclydeoscope) August 12, 2018