The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed the construction of three evacuation centers in the Municipality of Dingalan in Aurora.
In his report to DPWH Secretary Manuel Bonoan and Undersecretary for Operations in Central Luzon Roberto Bernardo, DPWH Regional Office 3 Director Roseller Tolentino identified the Barangays of Butas na Bato, Matawe, and Umiray as the recipients of the evacuation centers.
“Each evacuation center has two stories of available space that can be used as temporary shelters in times of calamities.”
Completed by DPWH Aurora District Engineering Office (DEO) in the total amount of P29.5 million, each evacuation center has two stories of available space that can be used as temporary shelters in times of calamities.
Tolentino underlined the importance of providing the multi-purpose facilities for Barangays Butas na Bato, Matawe, and Umiray being among the seven flood-prone areas in the town of Dingalan, which is frequently visited by strong typhoons.
In September 2022, the onslaught of Super Typhoon Karding affected Dingalan’s 11 barangays resulting in 200 families displaced and over 6,000 houses damaged.
According to Tolentino, the geographical location of Aurora facing the Pacific Ocean with no natural barriers against typhoons is the main reason why the construction of evacuation centers has become one of the priorities of DPWH in the province.