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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 17, 2012


P6-M disaster-evacuation center to be constructed in La Union

by Miriam P. Aquino

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Jan. 17 (PIA) -- A ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the P6 million La Union Provincial Disaster Preparedness and Evacuation Center (LUPDPEC) was held recently at the provincial capitol compound.

This was led by La Union Provincial Governor Manuel C. Ortega, together with Vice. Gov. Aureo Augusto Q. Nisce, and members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and other government officials.

Victor Dacanay of the Provincial Information and Tourism Office said that funds for the two-storey building will be drawn from the P3-million prize the province received as national finalist in “Gawad Pamana ng Lahi”; and the rest from the province’s development funds for 2012.

The LUPDEC will serve as evacuation center and venue for the repacking and storage of relief goods.

The event was graced by Usec. Proceso T. Domingo from the Office of Civil Defense Special Concerns Office who represented National Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction Management Council of the Philippines (NDPRRMC) Executive Director Benito T. Ramos.

Usec. Domingo commended Governor Ortega and the province of La Union for being the first among the few provincial governors to seriously respond with concrete action to RA 10121, the law establishing the NDPRRMC and other subsidiary disaster preparedness and risk reduction management councils.

Director Julie Daquioag of the Department of Interior and Local Government- Regional Office 1 also said that the center is a manifestation that La Union is taking serious steps to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction activities. (ANL/MPA-PIA 1 La Union with reports from VDacanay/PITO-LU)

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