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DPWH set to hand over Davao City’s first evacuation center

July 08, 2019 - Monday 12:07 PM by PNA

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DAVAO CITY -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-11 will hand over to the city government the first evacuation center located in Barangay Los Amigos, Tugbok District here next month.

In an interview on Sunday morning, Dean Ortiz, DPWH-11 spokesperson, said the project cost is about PHP34 billion and was funded by the DPWH but the site is owned by the city government.

“We are just doing a final inspection and finishing touches of the facility then, later on, we can turn it over to the city government,” Ortiz said.

He added that the facility can cater to about 130 families.

Aside from the facility here, Ortiz disclosed that DPWH had constructed seven evacuation centers around Davao Region. These are located in Cateel, Tarragona and Lupon in Davao Oriental, Nabunturan in Compostela Valley, Tagum City in Davao del Norte, Digos City in Davao del Sur and Malita in Davao Occidental.

City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) head Alfredo Baloran said the evacuation center in this city will be used as temporary shelter for victims of calamities.

“It is complete with amenities that will help alleviate their condition while away from their homes,” he added.

Baloran said there will be two more evacuation centers to be constructed in the city — in districts 1 and 2.

“For now, we are looking at Mahayag in District 2 while we are still identifying the location for District 1,” he added. (PNA)