Evacuation cum training center to rise in Baguio

BAGUIO CITY — A five-storey evacuation center being built by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CDRRM) that could accommodate 750 persons and double as a training facility is almost complete.

Louie Glen Lardozabal of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (LDRRMO) said on Wednesday the first three stories are almost complete.

The road level will be used as parking area for heavy equipment, the first story will be an additional parking area, and the third storey is the evacuation center that will serve as a multi-purpose hall when there is no calamity.

Parking in the city has become a necessity, given the narrow roads and terrain in the mountain resort city.

Lardizabal said while the third floor has yet to be provided with a water connection, a 10-drum capacity tank has been installed as temporary water source.

He said the facility has already been used in accommodating about 75 evacuees, when unceasing monsoon rains flooded many areas in the city in July.

Baguio then experienced heavy downpours daily, recording 201 millimeters of rainfall, which put the city to more landslide risks.

Lardizabal added that the third floor hall of the evacuation building could accommodate about 250 persons with lying-on mats.

The last two floors would make the entire building capable of housing 700 to 750 persons, he said.

Each floor in the facility has toilet and bathrooms, a lavatory, and a kitchen, where the evacuees could cook food, for a sense of normalcy despite their temporary stay in the facility.

With the center still to be completed, Lardizabal explained that they are encouraging the 128 barangays in Baguio to handle the evacuation of their constituents and only bring them to the city’s facility when necessary to avoid further sufferings of residents.

The facility doubles as a training center, conference area, and venue for meetings, Lardizabal said, such as for the ongoing fire fighting training.

In terms of emergency response equipment , Lardizabal said barangays have been provided with basic rescue tools. The city’s DRRMO also continues to procure equipment for disaster response. PNA-northboundasia.com