PRRD breaks ground legacy project

President Rodrigo Duterte led the groundbreaking rites for the biggest evacuation and convention centers in Western Visayas on April 16 in Pueblo de Panay in Brgy. Lawaan, Roxas City.

The President was assisted by Senator Bong Go, Department of Social Welfare and Development Sec. Rolando Bautista, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Acting Secretary Roger Mercado, Capiz Governor Esteban Evan Contreras, Office of Civil Defense Assistant Secretary Hernando Caraig Jr., lot owner Jose Nery Ong, DPWH -6 director Tiburcio Canlas, Lead Architect Chinky Ignacio and Capiz Halaran Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Dale Bernas.

The Ong family donated two hectares of land for the bivalve shell or locally known as diwal–inspired multi-purpose building.

Diwal is a seafood shell that is an endemic specie along some coastal waters in the province.

“Before we came here, we conducted the groundbreaking of Pres. Duterte’s legacy project for the province,” said Contreras at the covered gym of Pontevedra Elementary School in Pontevedra town where Pres. Duterte distributed relief goods to flood – affected families due to tropical depression Agaton.

The inclement weather brought light to moderate and, at times, intense rains in the province from April 8 to 12.

He added that the groundbreaking for the phase one of the DPWH – funded project worth P250-million gives assurance that the two-storey structure will be realized in time.

Aside from being an evacuation center during calamities, the 5,000 seating capacity center will also serve as a venue of provincial, regional, national and international events.

“I believe this will spur up the local economy,” Contreras said in a separate occasion.

The groundbreaking ceremony was followed by the President’s aerial inspection on the damages of floodwaters and remaining flooded areas before his engagement in Pontevedra town. (PIA Capiz)


President Rodrigo Duterte leads the groundbreaking rites for the evacuation/convention center in Pueblo de Panay in Brgy. Lawaan, Roxas City on April 16. (Capiz Kabalaka Information Center photo)