By Betheena Kae Unite
An evacuation complex that houses eight buildings was recently completed in Tuao, Cagayan in a bid to provide more facilities in the province where residents can seek refuge during calamities, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced Wednesday.
The newly constructed evacuation complex is located in Barangay Lallayug-Abut, Tuao. According to DPWH Region 2 interim Director Loreta Malaluan, the facility has eight buildings that will be opened to provide immediate public assistance during times of calamity.
Some of the buildings built inside the facility include a two-storey main building which has a multiple bed capacity, dining area, food preparation area, dishwashing area, communication room, prayer room, and storage room. It also has a two-storey operations office, infirmary building, and a garbage disposal building, Malaluan said.
A total of P31 million was spent to build the facility. It was funded the 2017 DPWH Regular Infrastructure Program.
Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said that “this infrastructure facility will help reduce casualties and deliver basic needs of residents that will be affected by disasters in the area.”
“Expect that the department will continuously exert our ultimate efforts to design and build resilient evacuation facilities all over the country to aid fellow government agencies in response and relief operations,” the secretary said.
It was also disclosed that the newly-built evacuation facility is one of the seven regional evacuation complex that are being built in the Cagayan Valley Region.
The infrastructure agency has committed to build more evacuation centers across the country in order to do away from using school buildings as evacuation sites that disrupts classes during calamities.