Catarman N. Samar– The Department of Public Works and Highways Northern Samar First District Engineering Office has recently completed the construction of a multipurpose building (Covered court) at Brgy. Geratag in San Jose, Northern Samar.

The project, amounting to P9.87 million, involves the complete construction of multipurpose building with a total floor area of 324.33 sq.m. The scope of work includes embankment, individual removal of trees, removal of structure & obstruction, installation of storm drainage & downspout, laying of sewer line works, plumbing works and fixtures, basketball rings, railing, stainless water tank, construction of comfort room & pantry.

A local resident expressed gratitude for the new facility, noting its multiple benefits: “We are very thankful for this covered court. It greatly benefits our community as a venue for public gatherings and recreational activities. Additionally, it can be used as an evacuation center during typhoons and other calamities, which is a huge help for us. For various events, this facility is very convenient, and it’s a significant advantage for the youth as they no longer need to travel far for recreational activities.”, said Lina Roma.

“Mahitungod sine na covered court, damu amon pasalamat nga nahibutang ngadi para sa kaupayan san amon mga mag urudyag. Ngan dire na sira madayo ngadto sa iba na lugar. Pangalawa, sakali kun mayaon problema sa kalamidad puydi na makasirong. Malaking tulong para sa amon. Kun may mga okasyon, okay liwat. Malaking bagay na dire na mapahirayo. Total covered court, swak na sira kun sakali man may mga okasyon… An advantage man sa kabataan, an pag urudyag. Okay na sira kay dire na sira mahingadto sa iba na lugar. Didi la, apiki la sa amo. Apiki na sa balay-balay. Dire na sira hanapon sakanra mga kag-anak kay apiki la ngadi.”

The project began on August 17, 2023, and was completed on March 8, 2024, under the FY 2023 Basic Infrastructure Program (BIP).

This new multipurpose building is expected to serve as a crucial infrastructure for the community, providing a safe and convenient space for various activities and events while enhancing the overall well-being and resilience of the residents of Barangay Geratag.