The Department of Public Works and Highways is committed to finish construction of 333 temporary toilets with bathing areas in 52 evacuation sites for the Mayon Volcano evacuees as it also monitor camps in Daraga, Albay.
In his report to Secretary Mark A. Villar and Undersecretary Dimas S. Soguilon, in-charge of the Regional Operations in Luzon, DPWH Region 5 Director Danilo E. Versola said that the immediate construction of toilets will help address the need for hygiene and sanitation facilities of Mayon Volcano evacuees temporarily staying in evacuation camps.
During a recent Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council meeting, it was also agreed that each national government agency will manage evacuation camps in city/municipalities affected by Mayon Volcano’s restiveness with the first class Municipality of Daraga and home to the picturesque Cagsawa Ruins assigned to DPWH.
DPWH will manage operations of the eight (8) public schools and relocation centers for evacuees fleeing the eruption of Mount Mayon.
In his visit at Anislag Elementary School, DPWH Assistant Secretary Eugenio R. Pipo Jr. lauded the extra efforts of the men and women of DPWH Regional Office 5 particularly in attending to their fullest capability the needs of internally displaced persons who have been forced to flee or leave their homes as a result of the Mayon Volcano eruption.
Pipo upon learning some concerns of evacuees particularly on the issue of privacy and security have instructed Director Versola to set-up a 24/7 DPWH Assistance Desk in evacuation camps and address the legitimate complaints or refer to concerned national government agency or local government units for solution.
Versola convene a meeting with all the District Engineers of Bicol Region towards a more organize and effective management of evacuation camps in Daraga.