BACNOTAN, La Union – Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar led the inauguration of the DPWH-funded P36-million regional evacuation center–the first of its kind in the Philippines– in the village of Agtipal here yesterday.
The evacuation center sits on a 3,090.57-square meter lot donated by the local government of Bacnotan headed by Mayor Francis Fontanilla. It can accommodate at least 400 families that may be affected or displaced by disasters like typhoons, floods and fire.
DPWH-1 Regional Director Ronnel Tan said that with its standard design by the DPWH, the center is complete with amenities for the welfare and safety of families who may be affected by a disaster in Bacnotan and nearby municipalities.Neighboring towns include Balaoan, Santol and San Juan.
Facilities included in the evacuation center are a two-storey accommodation building with dining room, toilet and bathroom building, three-storey laundry, drying area and water tank building, and one-storey generator room, among others.
Melchito Castro, Office of Civil Defense regional director, said that aside from the Agtipal evacuation center, thirteen other evacuation centers of the same structure are being built in provinces of Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, and Ilocos Norte.
Villar lauded the local government of Bacnotan for donating the lot and for prioritizing the welfare of residents who would be affected in case of disasters. Disasters in the country are mostly caused by at least 20 tropical cyclones, at least 10 of them known as destructive. Northbound Philippines News