By Mariela Angella Oladive
Aiming to serve as both an evacuation center during calamities and an economic enterprise hub for individuals recovering from drug dependency, a P24-million multipurpose center is set to be built in Barangay Tanza Esperanza.
The project will be implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways through the office of Iloilo City lone district Rep. Julienne Baronda and Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. who visited the site during the recently concluded Dinagyang revelry.
The senator committed P50 million for the construction of a boardwalk adjacent to the multipurpose building. This generous contribution is expected to enhance the overall functionality and aesthetics of the project.
Expected to be completed by the end of the year, the two-story building will benefit not only Barangay Tanza Esperanza but also nearby villages in the City Proper, including Tanza Baybay, Tanza Bonifacio, Rizal Estanzuela, and Rizal Pala-Pala.
Baronda explained that the lower part of the building will support the training and economic activities of 20 families of former drug users, while the upper portion will function as a reliable evacuation center.