DSWD and Butuan City Sign Agreement to Establish Mindanao’s First Disaster Resource Center – Manila Bulletin
To further strengthen the country’s emergency response, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Butuan City Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) on March 22 for the construction from the Mindanao Disaster Resource Center (MDRC).
The signing of the agreement, which was led by DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista and Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada, highlighted the creation of a new resource center in disaster that can store 100,000 food and non-food items.
The proposed MDRC, which is estimated to cost 800 million pesos, will be strategically located in the city of Butuan since its main roads are connected to neighboring cities and is also accessible to commercial airports and major seaports.
Bautista believes that the creation of a new MDRC will improve the country’s disaster response system, especially as it will serve Mindanao and neighboring Visayas provinces.
Once operational, DSWD hopes that increased relief and other disaster operations will become faster and more accessible not only in Caraga, but also in neighboring areas of Mindanao, as well as in the Visayas.
DSWD has already established the Visayas Disaster Resource Center based in Mandaue City and the National Resource Operations Center in Metro Manila.
The signing of the MOA was part of the celebration of the 71st anniversary of the DSWD field office in Caraga.
DSWD Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan and DSWD-Caraga Regional Director Ramel Jamen also attended the event.
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