BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Feb. 15 (PIA) — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed the construction of the P25-million Provincial Evacuation Center (PEC) located within the provincial capitol.
Robert Corpuz, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management officer said the project, which was constructed on a 3,000-square-meter vacant lot at the back of the People’s Hall building, was already inspected and evaluated by DPWH personnel.
“They already declared the project as completed and we will wait for the formal turn-over,” he said.
Governor Carlos Padilla, in a recent meeting of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) said the provincial government is set to inspect the national government-funded project.
“We will not certify it if we are not yet done with its review and inspection based on its program of works,” he said.
Padilla also said there is a need to come up with a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Nueva Vizcaya Electric Cooperative (Nuvelco) regarding its power requirements.
The 8-room, two-storey building houses a 67-bed capacity infirmary, pharmacy, laundry, water tank, drying area, cooking area, storage area, two toilets, assembly and parking area, and offices of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office and the Office of Civil Defense.
The provincial government proposed the construction of PEC to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) to address the need for an evacuation center in the province and in support of the nationwide disaster risk reduction management program.
Padilla added the PEC will be a big help in disaster risk reduction efforts of the provincial government, since the area often suffers from the effects strong typhoons.(MDCT/BME/PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya)