P34M reg’l evacuation center to rise in Tuguegarao City

  • July 17, 2017
  • Gene V. Baquiran

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, July 12 (PIA) – The Department of Public Works and Highways region 2 spearheaded the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the first Regional Evacuation Complex at barangay San Gabriel in this city on July 12, 2017.


The P34, 191, 339 million worth evacuation center will consist of eight separate buildings and a two-storey main evacuation center building with an area of 838 square meters that will accommodate a 128-bed capacity and a dining area.


Other structures include toilet/bathroom facilities for male and female; three-storey laundry/drying area including water tank; two-storey operations office and infirmary building; generator room with a 200 KVA generator set; water pump room; and a 33 sq. meter garbage disposal building.


According to Engr. Jaime P. Catolos Jr, the OIC-Chief of the Planning and Design Division (PDD), there are still six remaining regional evacuation complex which will be built: three for Cagayan province located in Lallo, Gonzaga, and Tuao; one in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya; and another two evacuation complex at Isabela province.


On his part, Regional Director Melanio C. Briosos said the evacuation center will provide emergency service and public assistance before, during or immediately after disaster and times of calamities not only to reduce the number of casualties but to likewise reduce health impacts and meet basic subsistence needs of displaced persons during disasters.


“DPWH is committed in fulfilling its mandate as one of the agencies involved in disaster preparedness, response and relief operations. We are taking the lead in the designing and building resilient and formidable evacuation centers,” he said.


The construction of these centers is in response to climate change adaptation and mitigation program of President Rodrigo R. Duterte and is approved by the member agencies of the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC). This is also is relative to Republic Act 10121 otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Act of 2010.


Governor Manuel Mamba, on the other hand, said they will see to it that the structure can stand any disaster.


“If there’s one structure that should be the last to collapse, it should be the evacuation center,” he said. (MDCT/GVB/With reports from Maricel B. Asejo of DPWH 2/ PIA 2 – Cagayan)




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