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LGU Calapan banks on education and disaster-resilient infrastructures

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On-going construction of the new building of the City College of Calapan

The city of Calapan is headed towards economic upsurge as one of the emerging local economic in the region. This is evident in the massive infrastructure build up that is underway – such as construction of roads, evacuation centers and building among others – to complement its bid to become MIMAROPA’s premier center of investments and agro industry by 2026.

The City College of Calapan, since its establishment in 2088, gradually emerges as one of the most dependable educational institutions in the city and in the province as well. A two-storey building was recently constructed in a new location within the New City Hall situated in Barangay Guinobatan.

The steady increase in the number of students being catered by this program urged the construction of another building in an adjacent lot along with other offices of the Commission on Audit, Bureau of Fire – Calapan City Station and the Calapan City Police Station. The three-storey building consists of fifteen (15) classrooms with an auditorium where student’s activities shall be held. It is currently in the third phase of its construction and is expected to be of students’ use by the first term of academic year 2018-2019.

The current administration of City Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan also focuses on addressing problems regarding climate change and the risks that disasters could bring on people’s lives and properties. Construction of evacuation centers especially to those barangays that are more prone to flooding is one of the initiatives pursued.

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The newly constructed evacuation center in Barangay Camilmil, Calapan City

Such was the construction of the evacuation center in Barangay Camilmil. This one appears to be the most logical and immediate solution whenever this incident occurs. In such particular event, constituents have ready access to temporary shelter during calamities.

The facility is primarily intended as a city disaster operation and evacuation center. The project costs the City Government of Calapan P11,500,000.00 in its entirety. Since it is designed for multi-purpose utility, it can also be functional for sports and other recreational activities, seminars, trainings, cultural presentations and other civic activities. On March 16, 2017, the edifice was dedicated by City Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan to the people of Calapan on the occassion of the 19th Anniversary of its cityhood.

By: CPDO Calapan City