As part of its efforts to mitigate the loss of lives in disaster-prone areas, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) on Saturday, November 10th, formally inaugurated its first multi-purpose evacuation facility in Northern Samar.
The two-story building that cost PHP50 million is the biggest evacuation structure to be built in Catarman’s Barangay Polangi, which usually has one of the highest numbers of displaced families whenever natural disasters strike.
Catarman Mayor Francisco Aurelio E. Rosales III expressed his appreciation for the new facility.
“PAGCOR’s evacuation center is an example of how a national government project trickles down to local communities to benefit our entire population. I hope that we can continue to strengthen our partnership with PAGCOR,” he said.
Aside from the Catarman project, two-story evacuation facilities are also being constructed in the towns of Maslog and Borongan in Eastern Samar, and both have received Php50 million funding each from PAGCOR.
To date, a total of 36 PAGCOR evacuation facilities in various parts of the country have been completed while 36 are still under construction.