DPWH Lanao del Norte 1st DEO recently turned over the newly completed evacuation center to the City Government of Iligan to improve the calamity resiliency of the city. The facility was received by Patrick Nuñez of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (ICDRRMO), representing the people of Iligan.

The Php 32.9 Million project can accommodate more than 100 families affected by natural and man-made calamities. The center has a clinic, reception area, male and female comfort rooms, mess hall, prayer room, kitchen and conjugal room among others.

“This special facility is a strong testament on what we can achieve if we work hard together towards a common goal and a shared dream,” declared DPWH District Engineer Alykhan U. Ali during the project’s turnover ceremony.

Evacuation centers serve as a refuge for disaster victims, acting as their temporary home while on the way to recovery. With the devastating effects of global warming, preemptive evacuations are oftentimes necessary to minimize the number of fatalities during disasters such as flooding, storm surge, and landslides.

The evacuation facility was built in compliance with the industry set standards while adhering to the best practice guidelines for design of evacuation centers.