MANY locals are forced to move to safer grounds, leaving their submerged homes behind whenever tropical cyclones or days of incessant rains batter the low-lying communities in Catarman, Northern Samar.

To mitigate the loss of lives in disaster-prone areas, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) formally inaugurated its first multipurpose evacuation facility in the province on Nov. 10, 2023.

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