VILLAR TO FUND REHAB OF ILOILO TOWN’S EVAC CENTER
Seator Cynthia Villar assured the local government unit of Dumangas, Iloilo that she will shoulder their financial needs for the improvement of their evacuation center. (PNA photo by Cindy Ferrer)
ILOILO CITY -- Senator Cynthia Villar is shouldering the financial needs of Dumangas town to improve its evacuation center.
Villar, who was at the town for the celebration of the annual festival, said she already received the letter of request of the town government and she is now processing the necessary documents so that funds could already be downloaded.
“Hopefully, we could release it soon because we asked for the program of work,” she said in a media interview Wednesday.
According to Mayor Ronaldo Gonzales, they have requested from the office of Villar around PHP8-PHP10 million for the proposed improvement of the evacuation center.
He said the fund will be used to improve the existing building located at the village of Zamora, to become a standard evacuation center that could cater to more than 500 evacuees.
“There should be space for persons with disability and senior citizens and we also want breastfeeding area and kitchen,” he said.
“This will not only serve as evacuation center but this will serve also as a training center,” he added, referring to the training for disaster volunteers who will respond during calamities.
Golez noted that their town, being a coastal area, is one of the most flooded areas during a typhoon.
“It is like every year, we experience flooding here and there are residents that were really forced to evacuate,” he said.
Although they are using other facilities like the barangay halls as evacuation centers, Golez said these could not accommodate all evacuees sometimes.
With the commitment of Villar, Golez is eyeing to complete all the improvements in the evacuation center by next year. (PNA)