In Samar province, the municipality of Basey – which faces Tacloban City – was among those badly hit town by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
The local civic center is situated right beside the coast. As local resident and active basketball player Benjamin Amascual explains, the center “was totally destroyed. Really, it suffered so much damage,” he says.
“After the typhoon, many international NGOs came, and most used the civic center as the venue for distribution of relief goods. Others, including Norwegian and German NGOs, also provided medical assistance in the civic center,” Benjamin says.
Later, RAY DILG funds were used to construct a new stage, provide new comfort and dressing rooms, and repair the damaged roof.
“The new concrete stage has been built on the other side of the facility, further from the sea,” Benjamin says.
“I really love to play basketball and the location of our civic center is very strategic because it is in the town proper,” he says. “Since the repair, we’ve been able to hold basketball leagues again. During our town fiesta, this is where the concerts from live bands are being held. Since it has a bigger space, it is also being used during wedding reception, debut and birthday,” he added.