DA commissions typhoon-resistant dome as Birthday gift to Duterte
As a birthday gift to President Rodrigo Duterte, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has inaugurated and commissioned the country’s first monolithic dome, which will serve as a grains warehouse in Cagayan Province.
Located in the DA Experimental Station in Iguig town and designed by German engineers, the first monolithic dome could withstand Typhoon Signal 5, which is strong enough to destroy buildings and warehouses.
“I flew to Cagayan Province yesterday shortly after arriving from a four-day marketing promotions trip to Belarus and Russia over the weekend to commission the first ever monolithic dome constructed by the DA,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said.
“Yesterday during the commissioning, I said it was our fitting birthday gift to President Rody Duterte to support his goal of making life better for the people,” he added.
DA Cagayan Valley Director Narciso Edillo said the Iguig Monolithic Dome is the first of eight units to be established in the region which is hit by as much as 12 typhoons every year.
Seven other smaller units costing P5 million each are now being constructed for farmers’ groups in Cagayan Valley Region.
Piñol said when the Monolithic Domes are tested and proven to withstand the destructive power of typhoons, similar structures will be built in other areas located on the path of typhoons.
These areas include Eastern and Western Visayas, Bicol, Southern Tagalog including Mindoro, Central Luzon, Ilocos and Cordillera Regions.