Most days, visitors to the municipality to Pilar can expect to visit the local civic center and see a hive of activity underway.
Situated right in front of the municipal hall, the civic center is a one-stop venue for all municipal activities – meeting, seminars, sports and even zumba sessions – every afternoon.
“It’s an ‘all-in-one’ facility, and the only such facility we have,” Mayor Gideon Ike R. Patricio explains. “We use the civic center for almost every activity in town.” The building also houses municipal vehicles, which provide a vital means of access to nearby coastal and mountainous areas.
Badly damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda, support from the RAY DILG fund has now provided for large-scale repairs that helped the community return to their regular activities. These include the distribution of relief funds, and the roll-out of programs from other government agencies. During future calamities, the civic center will also serve the municipality as an evacuation center.
“While we didn’t hope that a strong typhoon like Yolanda to destroy it, at least we are thankful that, through the RAY DILG fund, the building could be re-enforced and improved. Fragile sections have now been replaced, and the building is now much stronger,” Mayor Gideon added.