Sat. May 28th, 2022

As an offshoot of threatened volcanic eruption at Taal and boosting the country’s disaster preparedness, President Rodrigo Duterte inspected a Multipurpose Evacuation Center in Barangay Dos, Mataasnakahoy, Batangas.

President Duterte had directed the establishment of the Mataasnakahoy evacuation center and others in Lipa City, Tanauan, and municipalities of Malvar, Talisay, and Laurel due to lessons learned in Taal’s January 2020 eruption.

“After two years, we are finally here, marking the completion of this facility that can house 150 families or 600 individuals during calamities,” the President said in his speech during the event held in Mataasnakahoy.

“Now that we are experiencing challenges brought by the recent eruptions of Taal Volcano, I am confident that these evacuation centers will be of great service to our affected kababayans, “ he added.

The 1,451 square meter evacuation center was funded by a program under the Department of Human Settlements. The facility boasts of complete amenities like separate male and female toilets and shower rooms, clinic, kitchen area and messs hall, prayer room, stage hall, basketball court, play area, an administrative office, storage room, even “conjugal” rooms.

Joining the President were Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Secretary Del Rosario, Batangas 3rd District Rep. Ma. Theresa “Maitet” Collantes, Gov. Hermilando Mandanas, and other Batangas local officials.

As a backgrounder, Senator Bong Go said Duterte opened many establishments and inaugurated structures that will endure the test of time, and at the same time institutionalized long-term solutions for the Filipinos that are free from politics.

“It is during these times that the bayanihan spirit burns even brighter in the hearts of Filipinos. It is when we become heroes for one another, demonstrating the highest form of compassion for our people,” he noted.

Go commended the people who have worked hard to complete the center with a strong sense of urgency, noting its establishment would not have been possible without their passion and dedication.

As a rejoinder, he added “Let us always keep our momentum towards building a better and more resilient nation for everyone.”

Constructed through the BALAI (Building Adequate, Livable, Affordable and Inclusive Filipino Communities) Assistance Program of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), the evacuation center can fit approximately more than 100 modular tents inside.

The President also took time to distribute DSWD relief supplies and exchange pleasantries with the local constituencies.

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