By Betheena Unite
A new evacuation center that replaces the typhoon-hit facility in Cateel, Davao Oriental has been completed, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Tuesday.
The evacuation facility was constructed in Barangay Tinimbo, Municipality of Cateel. A total of P33.9 million was spent to build the evacuation center, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said.
Cateel town, according to Villar, lost its evacuation center in 2012 during the onslaught of Typhoon Pablo.
The Cateel Evacuation Center is a two-storey building with an infirmary and office building, water tanks, and other necessary facilities and equipment.
The center also has prayer rooms, dining and kitchen area, breastfeeding rooms, and separate toilet and bath buildings for males, females, and persons with disabilities.
“Philippines is highly vulnerable to natural calamities, thus providing strong, reliable and well-equipped evacuation centers is one of the main concerns of DPWH,” Villar said.
Its construction was implemented by the DPWH Region XI in coordination with the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, the Department of Education, the Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Science and Technology, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.