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MOA for evacuation center in Tablon up for review

VICE Mayor Mayor Rainier Joaquin V. Uy referred to the City Council committee on police, fire and public safety for review the proposed tripartite agreement by and between the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the city government for the construction of an evacuation center in Barangay Tablon.

The Power learned that the OCD has established programs and projects to address immediate and quick response during calamities like earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, among others.

Under the agreement, the national government shall release P35.4 million for the construction of the evacuation center, which will be released to the DPWH, as the implementing party of the project.

It provides that the OCD regional office shall oversee the implementation of the project at the local level, and take appropriate measures to ensure that the fund transferred to the DPWH is used for its intended purpose, among others.

For its part, the DPWH shall ensure that the evacuation center shall be implemented in areas, locations or sites that are not included in critical geo-hazard areas or no build zones identified by the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau.

The DPWH shall, likewise, design and build the evacuation center to be resilient from flood, earthquake, typhoon and other extreme weather events.

As the recipient of the project, the city government shall provide an area for the center and ensure location free from the geo-hazards or no-build zones identified by the MGB. The city shall, likewise, undertake the proper maintenance of the facility upon the acceptance and shall include in the city’s annual appropriation funds for the cost of maintenance and operation of the completed facility.

Also to be tackled by the committee is the Deed of Donation to be entered into by and between the city and Barangay Tablon for a parcel of land to be used as the site of the proposed evacuation center.

The Power learned that the Barangay Council of Tablon approved a resolution approving the donation of a 3,000-square meter lot to the city government for the project.

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