PALO, LEYTE – After more than four months after this town’s main government building sustained severe damages due to supertyphoon Yolanda, it is now fully rehabilitated.
This was announced by Mayor Remedios “Matin” Petilla who disclosed that the repair of the two-story municipal hall cost P6.7 million.
The funding for the repair of the building was from President Aquino, the mayor added.
The building, one of the landmarks of the town, had just undergone renovation but sustained damages after Yolanda hit the town on November 8, 2013.
The municipal hall’s roof sustained damages while its glass windows were shattered during the typhoon.
“But look at it now, it’s back to its old look before the typhoon. We really worked hard for the municipal building to recover from the devastation,” Mayor Petilla said in an interview.
The mayor, together with other officials of the town, was in the building during the onslaught of Yolanda with hundreds of evacuees staying at the second floor of the building.
Days after the typhoon, the building served as an evacuation center with its grounds built a makeshift hospital treating people who sustained wounds during the typhoon.
Freshly painted walls and ceilings and new glass windows have been noted inside and outside of the building.
Petilla added that they decided to install glass windows but fortified them to minimize damage during similar incidents.
“Reusable” structures and materials from the old building were re-installed to preserve the old look of the building. (AHLETTE C. REYES)