DAGUPAN CITY — A three-storey Php15-million evacuation center with a roof deck on top is now being constructed in barangay Salapingao, one of the island villages here close to the Lingayen Gulf.

Mayor Belen Fernandez said when completed, the project can serve as shelter for residents of both Salapingao and its neighboring island village Pugaro in case of storm surge or tsunami.

Salapingao was chosen as site of the evacuation center since it has no access to the mainland unlike Pugaro which is connected to Binmaley town by a wooden bridge.

The 900-square-meter project is expected to be completed before the rainy season will hit this year.

Mayor Fernandez said the project is part of the city disaster risk reduction management program of the city which aims to keep the people safe in the island barangay.

The project is being funded under the Bottom up Budgeting (BUB) program of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) given to Dagupan when Mar Roxas was still secretary with little counterpart from the city government. PNA/northboundasia.com