A regional evacuation center has been completed in Quezon City and now stands as a model for other evacuation centers all over the country.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced on January 29, 2020, the completion of a four (4) storey evacuation center located at Barangay Greater Fairview, Quezon City.
This well-planned evacuation center could serve as a model infrastructure project for other evacuation centers all over the country and unlike other evacuation centers that are just converted schools, gymnasiums, and community halls, the Quezon City Evacuation definitely stands out.
The Regional Evacuation Center aims to provide the safest, secure, least difficult, and most convenient experience for already-distressed evacuees.
DPWH National Capital Region (NCR) Director Ador Canlas reported to Secretary Mark Villar that the evacuation center is complete with all necessary facilities and amenities for the evacuees’ comfort.
Among the QC Evac features are:
- toilet and shower rooms
- infirmary and pharmacy
- laundry and drying area
- centralized kitchen
- stock room
- breastfeeding room
- roof deck
- paging system room with security cameras
- garbage segregation facility
- wheelchair ramp
- fire alarm system
- fire exit
- accommodation area with a capacity of 156 beds and allotment of one (1) bed per family
“Alongside equipping each center with all needed facilities is ensuring that it will be gender-sensitive with the provision of separate toilet and shower rooms for men and women, and persons with disability (PWD) friendly through building ramps and elevators,” said Secretary Villar.
With a total budget of Php 58-million, the evacuation center project was funded under the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and implemented by Quezon City I District Engineering Office.
The Filipino people are worth every cent put into the project. This is exactly the type of evacuation facility that people would welcome and should be put up in all the communities of the country. Although we hope there would never be a need to use the evacuation center, such preparation is expected of a country that is most often visited by calamities and disaster. As the saying goes “It is always prudent to prepare”, and prepare well, we must.
Filipino scientists and science researchers have innovated in several disaster management projects, among them an abaca-lined SWAN amphibious vehicle for disaster rescue and relief operations, the University of the Philippines’ Project NOAH and the UP Resilience Institute whose director Mahar Lagmay recently released animated infographics to explain about the Taal Volcano eruption of January 12, 2020.
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