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DPWH completes six evacuation centers worth P258M in Bicol Region

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Six evacuation centers in Bicol Region have been completed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) which will provide shelter to Bicolanos in times of calamities.

DPWH Region 5 Director Virgilio Eduarte said in his report to DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar that a total of P258-million was allocated for the construction of the six evacuation centers.

The centers were constructed in Barangay Tughan, Juban, Sorsogon; Municipality of Virac, Catanduanes; Barangay Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur; Barangay Sto. Domingo, Vinzons, Camarines Norte; Barangay Balading, Malinao Albay; and Barangay Bolod, San Pascual, Burias Island, Masbate.

“Located in disaster-resilient areas avoiding faults and no-build zones, the evacuation centers have a minimum lot area of 3,000 square meters and were constructed in accordance with the National Building Code of the Philippines, allowing it to withstand wind speed of 250-kilometers per hour (kph) and seismic activity of at least 7.0 magnitude,” the Public Works department said in a statement.

“Each center houses a 2-storey accommodation building, a 2-storey office and infirmary building, a toilet and bath building, 3-storey laundry and drying building, and a single-storey disposal building as well as a powerhouse and guardhouse,” it added.

The department added that the accommodation building has separate areas for dining, food preparation and dishwashing, meditation, breastfeeding, communication, and storage while the infirmary building houses the pharmacy.

“To ensure that the centers are gender responsive and persons with disability (PWD) friendly, the buildings are provisioned with separate comfort rooms for male and female, wheelchair ramps, running water, railings, and proper lighting,” Director Eduarte was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, construction of two other evacuation centers is on-going in Sitio Tubog, Zone 1 in the Municipality of Libon, Albay and in Barangay Caliliog in the Municipality of Tinambac, Camarines Sur, Director Eduarte said.