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DILG builds evacuation centers in Samar towns

The newly completed evacuation center in Paranas, Samar. NESTOR L. ABREMATEA

CATBALOGAN CITY, May 23, 2018–An evacuation centers were built by the Department of Interior and Local Government in two costal towns of Samar province to serve as refuge of families who may be affected by typhoons and other calamities.

The newly completed evacuation centers in the towns of Paranas and Villareal were inaugurated recently with local DILG officials and civil society groups.

Myles Colasito, DILG Eastern Visayas information officer, said that the disaster-resilient evacuation centers were constructed with the funding allocation coming from the Bottoms Up Budgeting (BUB).

He said that Paranas and Villareal received the BUB funding from the DILG central office for being consistent winners of the Seal of Good Governance for several years now.

Paranas Mayor Eunice Balbacon said they are grateful that their town now has a three-storey evacuation center which costs about P15 million and a road project which has a total budget of P156 million from the DILG.

She said new structure can shelter residents especially those from the coastal villages especially during typhoon as her town is a flood-prone area.

In Villareal, Samar, four evacuation centers are located at Barangays Banguel, Pangpang, Villarosa and Mahayag.

Municipal Development and Planning Officer Castro Hilvano said the evacuation centers are a big help to their town as they need more projects and funding for the development of their municipality.

He said the facilities are big help because their town is prone to storm surges during typhoons.
The DILG has also released funding for the construction of a water project in Villareal.

This also means that the nearby town of Pinabacdao will also benefit from the project as the water pipes will pass along the national highway in going to Villareal.

Samar has 23 municipalities and 21 of them are all coastal towns. (Nestor Abrematea / Visayas Times)

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