NEW EVACUATION CENTER. The Office of Civil Defense on Thursday (March 21, 2019) turns over to the town of San Jose, Antique the PHP36-million evacuation center to be used during disaster and normal days. (Photo by Ian Paul Cordero)
SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique -- The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) turned over to the local government unit of San Jose de Buenavista the PHP36 million regional evacuation center on Thursday.
OCD Assistant Secretary Casiano G. Monilla and Regional Director Jose Roberto Nuñez turned over the center to San Jose de Buenavista Mayor Elmer Untaran and other local officials in a simple ceremony.
“The evacuation center aside from San Jose de Buenavista could also be used by the other towns whenever there is disaster,” Monilla said during a press conference after the turnover ceremony.
He also said the center could also be used as a multi-purpose hall during normal days.
“We intend also to put non-food items such as kitchen utensils and personal hygiene kits ready to be used by the evacuees,” he said.
The LGU of San Jose de Buenavista will now manage the center, to be monitored by the OCD, as stipulated in their Memorandum of Agreement.
Antique Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Broderick Train said that the evacuation center, located on a 3,000 square meter lot of the local government unit, is on a safe ground despite the fact that it is in a coastal barangay of San Pedro.
He said that the Department of Public Works and Highways that implemented the project approved the location.
The construction of the project started in 2017. It has a dining hall, kitchen, prayer room, breastfeeding area, stockroom aside from the sleeping quarters.
It also has offices for the OCD, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, the Emergency Management System and a pharmacy. (PNA)