Pangasinan, Tarlac receive P150 million grant for PAGCOR evacuation centers

Mon| 07.19.2021 | 5:00 PM

Pangasinan, Tarlac receive P150 million grant for PAGCOR evacuation centersArbie Perez looks forward to the soon-to-rise PAGCOR-funded Multi-Purpose Evacuation Center in Barangay Papagueyan in Binmaley, Pangasinan. His family, including other locals in the area, will soon have a comfortable place to stay in times of calamities.

Pangasinan, Tarlac receive P150 million grant for PAGCOR evacuation centersJose Sison, Sr. (3rd from right) and his family will soon have a safe place to go during typhoons or high tide upon the completion of the PAGCOR-funded multi-purpose evacuation center in Barangay Pangapisan North in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

Pangasinan, Tarlac receive P150 million grant for PAGCOR evacuation centersJose Sison Sr. along with the other fisherfolk in Lingayen, Pangasinan look forward to the construction of the PAGCOR-funded multi-purpose evacuation center in Barangay Pangapisan North in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

Pangasinan, Tarlac receive P150 million grant for PAGCOR evacuation centersThe groundbreaking of the PAGCOR-funded Multi-Purpose Evacuation Center in Barangay Pangapisan North in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

Pangasinan, Tarlac receive P150 million grant for PAGCOR evacuation centersLingayen Mayor Leopoldo Bataoil (4th from left) together with PAGCOR officials (from left) Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Community Relations and Services Ramon Stephen Villaflor, AVP for Corporate Communications Carmelita Valdez and Chief-of-Staff Arthel Caronongan during the laying of capsule of the soon-to-rise PAGCOR-funded multi-purpose evacuation center in Barangay Pangapisan North in Lingayen, Pangasinan. With them are Governor Amado Espino III (4th from right) and other Lingayen officials.

Pangasinan, Tarlac receive P150 million grant for PAGCOR evacuation centersPAGCOR’s Chief-of-Staff Arthel Caronongan (3rd from left) turns over the P25 million check (first tranche of P50 million funding) to Lingayen Mayor Leopoldo Bataoil (4th from left) to kickstart the construction of the PAGCOR-funded multi-purpose evacuation center in Barangay Pangapisan North, Binmaley, Pangasinan.

Pangasinan, Tarlac receive P150 million grant for PAGCOR evacuation centersPAGCOR’s Chief-of-Staff Arthel Caronongan (4th from left) turns over the P25 million check (first tranche of P50 million funding) to Binmaley Mayor Simplicio Rosario (5th from left) for the soon-to-rise PAGCOR-funded multi-purpose evacuation center in Binmaley’s Barangay Papagueyan.

With them are (from left) Lingayen Mayor Leopoldo Bataoil, Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Corporate Communications Carmelita Valdez, AVP for Community Relations and Services Ramon Stephen Villaflor, Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino III (back row, 3rd from right), and other Binmaley officials.

Pangasinan, Tarlac receive P150 million grant for PAGCOR evacuation centers(From left) PAGCOR officials including Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Community Relations and Services Ramon Stephen Villaflor, AVP for Corporate Communications Carmelita Valdez, Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility James Patrick Bondoc receive their Plaque of Appreciation from San Manuel Mayor Doña Cresencia Tesoro and Vice Mayor Benjamin Tesoro during the groundbreaking ceremony of the PAGCOR-funded multi-purpose evacuation center in the town’s Barangay Sta. Maria.

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- Just like any parent who only wants the best for his children, Jose Sison, 61, has been working hard to provide for his family while ensuring that they are safe and protected in times of calamities.

Having relied on fishing as his family’s main source of livelihood, Sison knows that although the sea could be a source of blessings, it could also endanger their lives during typhoons or even high tide.

Now a grandfather to 24 grandchildren, Sison is grateful that their coastal barangay will benefit from the soon-to-rise evacuation center in Pangapisan North in Lingayen, Pangasinan. The town of Lingayen is one of the latest recipients of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s (PAGCOR’s) Multi-Purpose Evacuation Center (MPEC) Project.<

With PAGCOR’s MPEC project in their town, Sison is confident that his grandchildren and family will have a safe place to go whenever disasters come.

Likewise, 28-year-old Arbie Perez who lives near the soon-to-be-constructed MPEC in Barangay Papagueyan in Binmaley, Pangasinan, is beyond grateful after learning that their town will have a comfortable shelter for his family and elderly parents during the rainy season. The town of Binmaley easily gets flooded whenever the nearby San Roque dam releases water to prevent overflow.

Both flood-prone towns of Lingayen and Binmaley each received P50 million grant from PAGCOR for the immediate construction of two-storey MPECs.

On July 15, 2021, the state-run gaming agency formally turned over the first tranche or P25 million check to the local government of Lingayen and Binmaley during the groundbreaking ceremonies of the two MPEC projects.

Lingayen Mayor Leopoldo Bataoil said that the “MPEC project will answer the needs of the local government units such as Lingayen. I thank PAGCOR for including us as project recipient. Rest assured that this partnership will be a success and will benefit a lot of people.”

PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo said that because of the need for typhoon-resilient evacuation centers in vulnerable communities, the agency will continue to do its best to provide solutions to disaster-prone areas in the country.

“In spite of the challenges in revenue generation due to the ongoing pandemic, PAGCOR remains committed to its mission in helping build a better nation. We hope that this MPEC Project will help prevent the loss of lives whenever calamities arise,” she said.

Aside from Pangasinan, the town of San Manuel in Tarlac received PAGCOR’s P50 million grant during the groundbreaking of a two-storey MPEC project in barangay Sta. Maria on July 16, 2021.

San Manuel Mayor Doña Cresencia Tesoro is elated that PAGCOR entrusted such project to their locality.

“I would like to thank the people who made this possible. Sa mga opisyales ng PAGCOR, the people who continue to live their purpose by serving the Filipino people. Ang aming taos-pusong pasa-salamat sa inyo. Truly we are forever changing the game on how we manage the possible impacts of future disasters through PAGCOR’s help in building this multi-purpose evacuation center. Ipinapangako po namin na ito ay pakikinabangan ng ating mga kababayang San Manueleño. Ito ay aming aalagaan. It will save lives and will stand the test of time,” Tesoro said.

The check amounting to P25 million, which represents the first tranche of funding, was officially received by San Manuel officials during the groundbreaking event.

Recently, the municipality of Catanauan in Quezon also received from PAGCOR the P50 million grant for the MPEC construction in the town’s Barangay Madulao. The P25 million check was turned over to the local government officials at the PAGCOR Executive Office in Malate, Manila

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