DAGUPAN CITY, May 19 (PIA) - Residents of Barangay Salapingao and Pugaro, this city, finally saw the opening of a three-storey building that will serve as their refuge in the midst of typhoons and tsunami.
Mayor Belen Fernandez, along with Regional Director James Fadrilan of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), led the inauguration of the P15-million evacuation center in Salapingao.
Fernandez said the building will serve as a rescue center as part of the city’s disaster risk reduction and management program to keep people in the island barangays safe from storm surge or tsunami.
“Para sa atin mahalaga ang buhay. Itong center dinagdagan natin ang pondo mula sa DILG para maka-save ng buhay. Kahit saan tayo magpunta, iniisip natin ang ating pamilya at ang kanilang kaligtasan,” Fernandez said during the simple ceremony.
Fernandez said the newly-opened facility will also serve as a multi-purpose center where residents can hold health services, seminars, and even barangay parties.
Director Fadrilan, who travelled to the village by boat (banca), was elated to see the rise of the building funded by the Bottom-up Budgeting program of the national government.
He said the building’s design conforms to the basic design structure and guidelines for more resilient evacuation centers. It also matches to specifications for a person-with- disability- friendly building.
“This structure is sturdy enough to withstand disasters. Wala ng matutuklap na bubong,” Fadrilan said.
Fadrilan and Fernandez thanked Romulo Reyes, the donor of the lot where the 900-square meter center stands.
“Pangalagaan natin ang mga proyektong ito ng gobyerno at gamitin ng tama ang mga pasilidad para mapakinabangan ng mga susunod pang henerasyon,” Fadrilan quipped. (JNPD/VHS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)