Devo­tee City opens Jan. 19

The Devo­tee City in­tended for Señor Sto. Niño pil­grims com­ing from other prov­inces and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties will of­fi­cially open on Jan­uary 19.

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Odessa O. Leyson/ GAN

De­part­ment of Pub­lic Services (DPS) Head Roberto Cabar­ru­bias told re­porters that his per­son­nel started putting up the other night at least 100 con­tainer vans which will serve as tem­po­rary shel­ter for the pil­grims who are not from the city.

"Pag 8 o'clock sa gabii un­til 3 sa bun­tag, ila­hang gi-in­stall ang con­tainer vans, ilaha sab ni gilimpy­ohan para ma-stay­han sa mga taw," he said.

They have re­quested 120 con­tainer vans from the 2GO cargo firm, how­ever, only 100 were avail­able for oc­cu­pancy.

The ca­pac­ity of all the avail­able con­tainer vans is 2,000 in­di­vid­u­als.

With this, Cabar­ru­bias said the city gov­ern­ment will be pre­par­ing at least seven ad­di­tional tents to those who will not be ac­com­mo­dated in the con­tainer vans.

He added that the DPS is eye­ing to de­sign each con­tainer van as dou­ble deck so that they can ac­com­mo­date more peo­ple.

Cabar­ru­bias said they are ex­pect­ing that more num­bers of pil­grims will be shel­tered at the Devo­tee City.

"Nag-ex­pect ta nga modaghan ron kay last year 2,800 man to, unya naa baya toy bagyo maong wala kaayo nidagsa ang uban. So, karon okay ra­man basin daghan," he said.

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