The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed one of its nine evacuation center projects in Bago City, Negros Occidental.
According to DPWH Negros 4th District Engineer Genaro M. Panganiban, the P36-million, 2-storey evacuation center stands on a 5,000-meter lot in Brgy. Lag-asan.
It can accommodate at least 33 families or 130 individuals with an infirmary building that will serve as hospital for the injured and sick evacuees; pharmacy for quick medical response; toilets and bathrooms for males, females and persons with disabilities; pump room; laundry area; generator; water tank; cistern tank and materials recovery facilities (MRF).
Panganiban also said that the evacuation center was already turned over by the District, along with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) to the Bago City government and that there are two more evacuation centers in Negros Occidental are being constructed, one in San Carlos City and another in Sagay City.
Likewise, DPWH 6 Maintenace Division Chief, Engr. Oliver E. Zamora said that aside from the ones in Negros Occidental, other evacuation center projects are being undertaken in the towns of Carles and Zarraga in Iloilo, San Jose in Antique, Kalibo in Aklan, Roxas City in Capiz and Nueva Valencia in Guimaras.
Through these projects, Western Visayas will be more resilient in facing calamities like typhoons and earthquakes, and surely, health concern cases will be reduced during the onslaught of calamities.