PAGCOR inaugurates evacuation centres in Albay and CamSur

PAGCOR has released PHP1.635bn for the construction of 67 MPECs.
PAGCOR has released PHP1.635bn for the construction of 67 MPECs.

PAGCOR has inaugurated two more Multi-Purpose Evacuation Centres.

The Philippines.- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR) continues with its Multi-Purpose Evacuation Centres (MPEC) project and has inaugurated two centres located in the city of Legazpi in Albay and the town of Sagñay in Camarines Sur.

Each MPEC worth PHP50m has provision for kitchen, toilet and shower rooms for men and women, lactating rooms for nursing mothers, and a spacious badminton-court type area that may be used for sports events, training and other purposes when not being used as evacuation facilities.

PAGCOR president and COO Alfredo Lim said: “Last year, we came here to initially fund the MPECs to be constructed in this place. Now, we are doubly happy as we see the completion of these evacuation centre projects, which strictly followed the specifications set by PAGCOR.”

PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo congratulated the local governments of Legazpi and Sagñay for their dedication to finish the projects, in spite of the ongoing pandemic.

Since the project was launched in 2020, PAGCOR has released a total of PHP1.635bn to kickstart the construction of 67 MPECs nationwide. The regulator recently sent 9,000 relief packs and non-food items to the second district of Surigao del Norte, first district of Cebu City, Puerto Princesa, Palawan and Maribojoc, Bohol, for people affected by Typhoon Odette.

Domingo said that despite the Covid-19 pandemic and multiple lockdowns which affected PAGCOR’s revenue, the regulator had decided to “continue supporting the government in helping Filipinos in need.”

Casino operators also provided assistance to typhoon victims. The Bloomberry Cultural Foundation Inc (Solaire Resort and Casino Manila) allocated PHP50m to purchase and deliver relief supplies in hard-hit communities in Visayas and Mindanao.

City of Dreams Manila allocated PHP 13.5m to provide food packs and other relief facilities, while Resorts World Manila donated PHP1m to the Red Cross and Okada Manila’s Okada Foundation has pledged PHP 15m to buy relief supplies.

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