P5 B to finance three additional provincial evacuation centers in Albay

November 25, 2009 12:56 pm 

By Mar S. Arguelles

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 25 — As part of its disaster risk reduction program, the Albay Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) plans to build three additional provincial evacuation centers bringing to a total of six evacuation centers put up across the province, a report said Wednesday.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said the additional three two-storey type evacuation center edifice can accommodate some 250 families or 1,250 people are to be built in Malilipot town and Tabaco and Ligao cities.

He said the additional evacuation centers will be a value added disaster mitigating measure to the three newly- constructed holding areas in Daraga, Camalig and Guinobatan towns which are 96 percent completed and waiting for a formal turnover.

The provincial evacuation centers would declog the existing school buildings used as evacuation centers in times of calamities, Salceda said “Definitely I don’t want to suspend classes during the Mayon eruption.”

This strategy would make classes in all public schools in affected areas to continue smoothly and hampered despite the influx of evacuees in time of calamities. This will combine safety and educational outcome, he added

Salceda said that in normal situation, the building could also be converted into a 20-classroom type school building.

The PDCC said the proposal was already approved by the Spanish and Japanese government through its funding agency the AECID and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Salceda said.

Some P560 million will be spent for the construction of the three provincial evacuation centers, with P180 million coming from AECID and another P380 million from JICA.

He said “As soon as the funds arrive, we will start civil works for the establishment of the three provincial evacuation center.” (PNA)

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