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Thursday, December 9, 2021

DPWH turns over evacuation center to SurSur town

HINATUAN, Surigao del Sur -- It was a moment of pride for Hinatuanons, as the fully-completed Evacuation Center cum Multi-Purpose Covered Court situated in Barangay Bitoon was officially turned over by the  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Caraga to the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Hinatuan.

The facility will primarily function as an evacuation center but can be utilized as a venue for sports or indoor games, conferences, and other activities in the absence of a disaster.

The gym-like multi-purpose evacuation center carries the standard evacuation center design of the DPWH that has gender-sensitive facilities. It is equipped with living quarters, a male and female toilet and bath, kitchen, dining area, basketball court, rooms to be used as admin offices, clinic room, prayer room, dressing room, and breastfeeding room. There is also an area for laundry, storage/stockroom, reception, a generator set, and other basic amenities.  


The project was undertaken by the DPWH-Caraga but funded by the national government, through the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) while the LGU provided the lot for the infrastructure. 

Town mayor Shem G. Garay underscored the importance of having an evacuation center to answer to the need for resilient structures where evacuees can seek refuge, and provide them temporary shelter fit for living.

Second District Congressman Johnny T. Pimentel, who graced the turnover ceremony, said that the facility will greatly improve the preparedness and response capability of Hinatuan in times of disasters and emergencies.

Also in attendance during the event were the municipal and Barangay Bitoon officials, LGU-Hinatuan department and office heads, DPWH-Caraga representatives, personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP), among others. (LGU-Hinatuan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)