An evacuation center was built by the Department of Public Works and Highways in Bacnotan, La Union to serve as refuge of families who may be affected by typhoons and other calamities.
The newly completed Bacnotan Evacuation Center at Barangay Agtipal, Bacnotan was formally inaugurated with DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar, La Union Governor Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” R. Ortega III, La Union 1st District Representative Pablo C. Ortega, Abono Partylist Representative Vini Nola A. Ortega, and Bacnotan Mayor Francis Fontanilla leading the ceremonial unveiling of the center marker.
DPWH Region 1 Director Ronnel M. Tan said that the disaster-resilient evacuation center was constructed for the welfare and safety of families who may be affected by calamities in Bacnotan and nearby towns of La Union.
Constructed by DPWH in the amount of P36 Million on a 3,090.57 square meter lot donated by the local government of Bacnotan, the evacuation center features an accommodation building with dining room, food preparation/dishwashing area, communication room, breastfeeding and storage.
The project also includes a separate toilet and bathroom building; three (3) storey laundry, drying area and water tank building; generator and pump rooms; and garbage disposal facilities among others.
Bacnotan Evacuation Center is among the first completed in a network of DPWH evacuation center projects nationwide as part of its disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation program towards livable, sustainable and resilient communities.