MAASIN CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways district engineering office here has just completed 38 out of 55 multi-purpose buildings in the province of Southern Leyte amounting to P112.292 million funded under the 2021 General Appropriations Act.
Of the 38 buildings, six are completed in Maasin City, five in Limasawa town, three each in Hinunangan and Padre Burgos towns, two each in San Francisco, Hinundayan, Pintuyan, San Juan, Tomas Oppus, Saint Bernard, Macrohon, and Malitbog towns, and one each in Bontoc, Anahawan, Libagon, San Ricardo, and Silago towns.
“The construction of these structures is always one of our top priorities since the community needs it. It will be used not only for public meetings and social and sports activities, but also as an evacuation center for local residents during typhoons, earthquakes, and other natural disasters,” said District Engineer Manolo Rojas.
The official added, the multi-purpose buildings will help students as it may serve as temporary education centers, and it will also benefit the members of the council as they now have a safe place to hold gatherings and meetings. These structures will likewise benefit the elderly as the community can now simply hold medical mission programs for them.
The multi-purpose buildings were placed in strategic areas in the villages and were structurally designed to withstand typhoons and other catastrophes in order to ensure safety of residents.