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DHSUD’s Del Rosario ink pact with Marinduque Gov. Velasco

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The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) has finalized a deal with the local government of Marinduque that will pave the way for the construction of more evacuation centers in the two provinces.

DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario and Marinduque Gov. Presbitero Velasco Jr. signed a Memorandum of Agreement at the Central Office boardroom for the evacuation facilities slated to soon rise in the municipalities of Mocpog and Torrijos.

The facilities are part of the Department’s commitment in establishing sustainable and safe Filipino communities nationwide, as well as boost the country’s overall disaster preparedness, particularly in areas prone to natural disasters and other calamities.

“This agreement is part of the (province’s) Physical Framework Plan (finalized) way back last year. Through the joint efforts of the Department, and the Marinduque LGU, establishing evacuation centers in Mocpog and Torrijos will definitely play a huge role in boosting the province’s disaster preparedness,” Del Rosario said.

“We are thankful for the province of Marinduque for giving us this opportunity of providing assistance,” the housing czar added.

Meanwhile, in his message, Gov. Velasco thanked the government for its support through DHSUD, saying the evacuation centers will be pivotal in saving people’s lives in times of calamities.

“We, of course, know that Bicol is the gateway of storms and typhoons but sometimes they visit also the province of Marinduque. In the past, we bared witness the province being directly hit by supertyphoons Rolly and Quinta and likewise Ulysses, which have brought much damage to our province,” Gov. Velasco stressed.

“This grant for the evacuation centers … will surely help us in saving lives,” he noted.