The Taytay municipal government is set to build this year a P20-million evacuation center as part of its disaster preparedness program.
Mayor Romy Salvame said the town recently received funding for the project from the Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities program.
“The budget has already been downloaded to the municipal government to build an evacuation center that can be (used) in times of disasters,” he told Palawan News on Monday, February 19.
Taytay ranks along with Quezon and Narra as the most flood-prone towns in the province, according to the Provincial Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2023.
“The facility is needed to house evacuees from barangays vulnerable to floodings, such as Abongan, Bato, Busy Bees, and Cataban,” he said.
Salvame said the recent typhoon that affected Taytay the most due to storm surge was Agaton.
Salvame said disaster response is quite challenging as out of 31 barangays in town, 11 are remote and hard to reach.
“Mostly, they are coastal and island barangays vulnerable to storm surge,” he added.