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OCD 11 ready to hand over four evacuation centers to Region 11 LGUs

July 16, 2019 - Tuesday 6:07 PM by Ruth Palo

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DAVAO CITY -- Four regional evacuation centers (RECs) constructed in Davao Region by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) 11 in partnership with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are ready for handover to the Local Government Units (LGUs) in the coming months.

OCD 11 administrative officer Frans Irag in an interview on Monday said these are among the seven RECs being established in Davao Region. Each can accommodate at least 150 families.

Irag said OCD 11 through the National Disaster Management Fund has allocated P37 million for the construction of each facility.

He said the first four centers are in Compostela Valley Province; Tagum, Davao del Norte; Lupon, Davao Oriental; and Los Amigos, Tugbok, Davao City.

The construction started in 2017 and was completed early this year. The four centers have already been validated and inspected by the Regional Project Validation Team of the OCD 11.

Irag said the construction of other centers in Cateel, Davao Oriental; Davao del Sur; and Davao Occidental is still ongoing.

He said the REC is the answer to the need for resilient structures where evacuees can seek refuge.

Responders as well as officials in charge of Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) can also carry out action to help people affected by calamities in the centers.

According to Irag, each center has two buildings and stands in a 1,500-square meter lot owned by the province or city.

All centers are safe from hazards, landslides, and flooding.

Irag said the design of the center is unique because it is meant to make the evacuees’ life comfortable while staying the place.

Naay part sa building nga pwede magamit for lactating mothers, ug naay rooms para sa magtiayon,” he said.

(There is a part in the building for lactating mothers, and there are rooms for couples.)

Irag also said more evacuation centers will be constructed next year as the budget has already been approved.

He said the OCD encourages other LGUs to submit their respective lists of identified evacuation sites for construction prioritization in 2020.