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Pangasinan town braces for calamities

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April Montes

BINMALEY, Pangasinan, February 28 (PIA) – In case a calamity strikes, the local government of Binmaley wants to be sure that it has enough evacuation centers for affected residents.

Mayor Simplicio Rosario said that building of evacuation centers is now on its first phase for barangays Balagan, Balogo (Pandel), Caloocan Dupo, Pallas and Salapingao in preparation for possible disasters that will hit the area.

“It's always best to be prepared even before a disaster strikes,” Rosario told the Philippine Information Agency.

Likewise, an evacuation facility is also being constructed in the Poblacion area beside the town’s Manpower Development Center which will serve as temporary shelter for victims in times of calamities.

“The on-going project is funded under the Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) with counterpart from the local government,” he said.

BUB aims to ensure that funding requirements for the development needs of municipalities and cities are included in agency budget proposals.

It promotes inclusive participation in community development by empowering civil society organizations to be engaged in the budgeting process.

Rosario said construction of evacuation centers in the villages of Balogo (Centro), Baybay Lopez, Buenlag, Calit, Camaley and Malindong (phase 1) have already been completed wherein residents can also use the facilities for barangay events and recreational programs.

Other barangays will also have their own evacuation centers soon, he said.

Aside from evacuation centers, Rosario said the local government has also procured new rescue vehicle as well as rescue equipment and conducted basic life support training as part of its disaster risk reduction and management programs. (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)