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QC to build three evacuation centers

Posted at | Updated as of 05/26/13 9:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City government on Sunday bared plans to build three multi-level evacuation centers as part of the city’s preparation for the upcoming rainy season.

The city’s local government has set aside a P50-billion fund for the project.

QC Department of Public Order and Security Chief Elmo San Diego, also an action officer of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC), said the three evacuation centers will be built in elevated, safe locations in barangays Silangan, Tatalon and Sto. Domingo.

San Diego said the three barangays were chosen because they often suffer from floods during the rainy season.

The evacuation centers will have a basketball court on their rooftops and can accommodate 500-600 informal settlers.

The evacuation center in Barangay Sto. Domingo will be located at Araneta Avenue, while the one at Barangay Tatalon will be at Tagupo Street.

The P50-B fund will be taken from the Informal Settlers Funds of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Meanwhile, the local government has purchased more rescue boats and other rescue equipment, along with two automated rainfall gauges and nine automated water level monitoring stations. - report from DZMM