A PHP37 million regional evacuation center opens in Brgy. Tigayon, Kalibo, Aklan on Wednesday (March 6, 2019). (Photo courtesy of OCD 6)
ILOILO CITY -- Civil Defense Administrator Ricardo B. Jalad underscored the significance of having safe zones with resilient structures as he led the turnover of the PHP37-million regional evacuation center (REC) to the local government of Kalibo, Aklan on Wednesday.
The evacuation center in Barangay Tigayon in Kalibo, Aklan among the 11 RECs being established in Western Visayas. It can accommodate 33 families or around 130 individuals.
The first two centers are in cities of Bago and San Carlos in Negros Occidental. Another center will open in San Jose, Antique this third week of March.
Undersecretary Jalad, in his message during the turnover, said the initiatives of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) are focused on spreading resilience.
“The many lessons we have learned from our experiences are being understood better through the usage of new and better perspectives as set in the Sendai Framework for DRR (disaster risk reduction),” Jalad said in his message.
He likewise underscored the significance of having leaders and disaster managers who are reliable and always give premium on the welfare of their constituents in times of disasters.
The construction of the center, implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways, started in October 2017 and was completed in January this year.
The center was received by Kalibo Mayor William S. Lachica and members of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC).
Joining Jalad were Civil Defense Western Visayas Regional Director Jose Roberto Nuñez and representatives of partner agencies, including the DPWH, the Department of Health and the Department of Social Welfare and Development. (PNA)