By Betheena Unite
A “nerve center” building that would provide real-time report during disasters will be constructed in San Fernando City, La Union, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
The modern government building, according to the DPWH, would house the Emergency Operation Center of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for Region 1.
Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said the building would serve as “nerve center that is vital in providing timely situation report and early warning dissemination to reduce the vulnerabilities and risks to hazards and manage the consequences of disasters.”
Villar added it will as well facilitate multi-agency operational coordination response and resource mobilization during disasters and emergency situations.
As proposed, the project will be five-story building for the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Regional Office 1 in San Fernando City.
The OCD under the Department of National Defense, as the implementing arm of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, have the primary mission of administering a comprehensive national civil defense and disaster risk reduction and management program.
The OCD is currently renting a building at Barangay Pagdalagan. The construction of its own Office of Civil Defense building would enable OCD Region 1 to maintain a permanent facility for the regional disaster center.
DPWH said the construction of the building will cost P60 million. It is included in the 2018 National Building Program of the agency, Villar said.
The project will be constructed near DPWH Regional Office 1 at Government Center compound, Aguila Road, San Fernando City.
Last week, the groundbreaking ceremony was held and was attended by Villar, La Union Governor Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” Ortega III, La Union 1st District Representative Pablo Ortega, Abono Partylist Representative Vini Nola Ortega, DPWH Region I director Ronnel Tan, and OCD Region 1 director Melchito Castro.
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