Apr 3, 2014

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Capitol buys P4.9-M NHA property as permanent evacuation center

BY JOEL P. MAPILES
LUBAO, Pampanga — The provincial government is set to construct a permanent evacuation center after it purchased a National Housing Authority’s (NHA) more than three-hectare property in Barangay San Isidro, Magalang with an amount of P4.9-million for the calamity affected families in the future.
This, aside from the proposed construction of housing units for the 96 readily validated and identified poor families who stayed as informal settlers in the said property.
It was learned that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has funded the construction and labor cost in the amount of P10-million, released to the provincial government while the NHA will take charge the site development in the amount of P10-million.
With this, Governor Lilia Pineda formed the Project Inter-agency Committee (PIAC)  tasked to formulate policy procedures and standards in the relocation of affected families, conduct estate management activities, community development and smooth and proper implementation of the project.
Pineda said under executive order No. 04-2014, creating PIAC, a technical working group is also created to serve as the technical arm of the committee in the formulation of standards and policies that will ensure the success of the project.
She also noted that aside from these, covered courts in various towns are being renovated for use as temporary evacuation sites in case of emergencies.
The governor said the Capitol is doing its best in preparing a contingency plan that can address the requirements of a large-scale calamity by establishing a strong networking system.