First PAGCOR-funded evacuation center in Metro Manila to rise in Caloocan City

Sat | 06.19.2021 | 12:30 PM

First PAGCOR-funded evacuation center in Metro Manila to rise in Caloocan CityThe construction of a P27.9 million worth of multi-purpose evacuation center funded by PAGCOR in San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan officially commenced on June 17, 2021 following the groundbreaking ceremony for the project led by City Mayor Arturo Robes (2nd from right) and PAGCOR’s Assistant VP for Community Relations and Services Ramon Stephen Villaflor (3rd from left). With them in photo are San Jose del Monte City Lone District Representative Florida Robes (3rd from right), PAGCOR’s Senior Manager for Special Projects Division Maria Eliza Cruz (2nd from left) and other officials of the city.

AFTER being identified as one of the most flood-prone cities in Metro Manila for a long time, Caloocan can now boast of being the first-ever recipient of the multi-purpose evacuation center (MPEC) funded by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) in the National Capital Region (NCR).


PAGCOR formally granted Caloocan City P50 million for the construction of a two-storey permanent evacuation center during the groundbreaking of the said structure on June 17, 2021 in Phase 1, Rainbow Village, Bagumbong, Barangay 171, North Caloocan. The agency turned over to the city’s officials the first tranche of the funding amounting to P25 million to immediately begin the project.


Earlier in the day, the City of San Jose del Monte in Bulacan also received from the state-run gaming firm the initial grant for the building of an MPEC worth P27.9 million in a separate groundbreaking ceremony held in Barangay Minuyan Proper.


According to Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan, with the city’s huge population, the local government does not have enough facility to comfortably accommodate people whenever they need to be evacuated due to heavy flooding or a fire incident.


“Napakalaking tulong po nitong multi-purpose evacuation center na ipapatayo ng PAGCOR dito sa aming lungsod. Kung dati-rati ay sa mga covered court ng mga paaralan pansamantalang tumutuloy ang mga residente naming naaapektuhan ng matitinding pagbaha at mga insidente ng sunog, ngayon ay may matatawag na kaming permanent evacuation center. Isang malaking karangalan din para sa amin na kami ang pinakaunang lungsod sa Metro Manila na nabiyayaan ng ganitong istruktura,” Malapitan said.


Like Caloocan, the neighboring San Jose del Monte City has a great need for an emergency shelter since strong typhoons commonly displace most of its residents. The city's disaster risk-reduction management office is always forced to frantically search for any available space to temporarily house the evacuees each time the city is affected by extreme weather disturbances.


“Ang hiling lang namin ay isang ligtas at komportableng masisilungan ng mga mamamayan tuwing sasapit ang mga kalamidad gaya ng bagyo o ibang sakuna. Mas higit pa ang natanggap namin dahil ang gusaling itatayo ng PAGCOR ay maraming mapaggagamitan maliban sa pagiging permanent evacuation center,” San Jose del Monte City Mayor Arturo Robes expressed.


PAGCOR has released over P700 million for the construction of MPECs in various parts of the country since the project was launched last November 2020. A total of 29 emergency structures have been funded by the agency so far.

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