Alfredo Lim, President and COO of Pagcor (sixth from left) and Ocampo Mayor Ronald Allan Go (fifth from left) conduct the dedication ceremony of the emergency room. They are joined by Alberto Regino Jr. of Pagcor, Vice President for Human Resource and Development Group (fourth from right), Ramon Stephen Villaflor, Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility Group (third from right), Carmelita Valdez, Vice President for Corporate Communications (second from right ). , AVP for Community Relations and Services Eric Balcos (far right) and other city officials. INVOLVED PHOTO
A few months after unveiling the first two completed Multipurpose Evacuation Centers (MPECs) in Albay and Camarines Sur, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) returned to the Bicol region on April 28, 2022 to inaugurate three more new build facilities in Camarines Sur.
Pagcor formally handed over the newly built MPECs to the cities of San Jose, Tigaon and Ocampo, bringing the total number of completed evacuation structures funded by the agency in the province to four. Each completed MPEC will be funded with 50 million pesetas.
“Unlike before, when we were always looking for available covered structures like gyms and schools that could serve as evacuation centers during the onslaught of strong typhoons, we now have ample shelters to take our people to when they’re out for safety reasons have to flee their homes,” said San Jose Mayor Marco Chavez.
“We are truly blessed and grateful to be gifted with this multipurpose structure where we can host a variety of medical events such as bloodletting and circumcision programs. In fact, we found the MPEC so spacious that we decided to do our rural health assessment activities there even before it was inaugurated. Now we don’t have to hold any activities in our cramped health center,” said Penafrancia Villanueva, Tigaon Municipality Health Officer.
“A safe shelter like this gives us the confidence that we now have a permanent structure where we can keep our people warm and safe from the dangers of natural disasters,” said Ronald Allan Go, Mayor of Ocampo Township.
“By funding the construction of MPECs in locations where they are most needed, we are not only helping to ease the burden on various local government entities in housing evacuees in times of disaster. More importantly, we help save lives by providing them with safe shelters where they could temporarily house their employees in emergency situations,” said Andrea Domingo, Pagcor’s Chairman and CEO.