TACLOBAN CITY Leyte – The heads of the 61government offices that were earlier reported to have structures vulnerable to earthquakes are already aware that immediate preventive measures must be done, Department of Public Works and Highways Region 8 Director Rolando Asis informed the local media during the recent episode of Harampang Ha PIA.
The concerned government offices are aware that their structures will incur damages during earthquakes, Director Asis said adding that the DPWH has outlined specific recommendations as to what preventive measures they must implement.
Director Asis said that assessment of state-owned buildings in all the engineering districts in the region is still ongoing.
The report from eight out of the 12 engineering districts of the region showed that some state infrastructures need immediate repair due to visible cracks on walls and partitions, dilapidated ceilings, displaced roofs and floors, and unstable soil.
Initial reports showed that 61 of the at least 200 public buildings in the region, are vulnerable to earthquake damages.
Of the 61 structures that need repair, 31 are school buildings, 28 are local government and national government buildings, and two hospitals located in Biliran, Eastern Samar, Southern Leyte, Samar second district, Northern Samar second district, and three districts in Leyte.
The DPWH regional office is still waiting for inspection reports from four other engineering districts in the region.
Among the schools with some classrooms that require rehabilitation to withstand ground shaking are Jugaban Elementary Schools in Carigara, Alangalang National High School in Alangalang, Babatngon Central School in Babatngon, all in the province of Leyte; Sangahon Elementary School in Malitbog, Tawid Elementary School in Maasin City, Panan-awan Elementary School in Maasin City, Lonoy Elementary School in Maasin City, all in the province of Southern Leyte; and Quinapondan Elementary School and Quinapondan National High School in Quinapondan, Eastern Samar.
Government offices which were listed as prone to earthquake destruction include the Marcos type building (Municipal Annex) in Carigara, Leyte; Tagnipa barangay hall in Maasin City; municipal building of San Juan, Southern Leyte; town hall of Hinunangan, Southern Leyte; municipal building, sangguniang bayan building, fire station, agriculture office, social welfare and development office of Babatngon, Leyte; and the local government unit building, legislative building, police station, postal office, municipal trial court, rural health unit in Tolosa, Leyte.
Also included in the list are the Naval municipal building, gymnasium, commercial building in Naval, Biliran; municipal health center, police station, and community hospital in Quinapondan, Eastern Samar; multi-purpose center, legislative building, health center, police station in Pambujan, Northern Samar; and municipal hall, health, multi-purpose building in San Roque, Northern Samar.
Director Asis said that the ongoing inspection is part of the earthquake preparation program that was ordered by DPWH top officials following the tremor that hit Haiti in 2010. The same order was reiterated after strong earthquakes devastated New Zealand and Japan, recently. (PIA 8 with report from DPWH8)