The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has sealed its partnership with the provincial government of Romblon and the municipality of Dinas in Zamboanga del Sur after the state-run gaming agency approved the funding for the construction of a Multi-Purpose Evacuation Center (MPEC) in these areas.
PAGCOR initially released P25 million to each recipient local government unit (LGU) on February 11, 2021 for them to jumpstart the construction of evacuation centers in their localities. With a budget of P50 million, each two-storey MPEC has provision for kitchen area, storage areas for relief goods, toilet and shower rooms for male and female, lactating rooms for nursing mothers, and a spacious badminton-court type area that may be used for sports events and other purposes when it is not being used as an evacuation site.
In the province of Romblon, the PAGCOR-funded MPEC will be constructed in Sibuyan District Hospital Compound in Poblacion, Cajidiocan, while the evacuation center in Dinas, Zamboanga del Sur will be built in Brgy. Legarda Uno. Both structures will see completion within a year.
PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo, who spearheaded the turnover of cheques to Romblon and Dinas town in Zamboanga del Sur, proudly noted that the agency’s vision of providing well-built evacuation centers even to far-flung communities, is now becoming a reality.
To date, PAGCOR has already bankrolled the construction of 14 evacuation centers in the country. Apart from the two MPECs in Romblon and Zamboanga del Sur, the state-run gaming firm has also released the first tranche of funding to two MPECs in Andres, Quezon; Taguidin, Ilocos Sur; Tadian, Mountain Province; Legazpi City and Ligao in Albay; Ocampo, Tigaon, San Jose, and Sagnay in Camarines Sur; and San Fernando and Floridablanca in Pampanga. The agency has allotted a total of P2 billion for the project.