Educ, public works depts designing disaster-resilient school buildings
Posted: 2017-Feb-17 21.00.21 UTC+0800
MANILA — The departments of education and public works are working on a new design that would enable school buildings to withstand natural disasters.
In a news release issued Thursday, the education department said the new design would feature larger footing, columns and beams that would enable school buildings to resist wind velocity of 350 km. per hour and major earthquakes.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the new design will comply with the National Structural Code of the Philippines and the Minimum Performance Standard Specifications.
She also pledged that the department will speedily implement its programs and projects, particularly on school facilities, in quake-hit Surigao del Norte.
The 6.7-magnitude tremor that jolted Surigao damaged the Caraga Regional Science High School, JR Clavero Elementary School, Ipil Elementary School, Mariano Espina Memorial Central Elementary School, Surigao City Elementary School, Suklayang Elementary School, Mat-I Elementary School, and Cabrera Altres Senior High School.
The department has a budget of P109 billion for the building of classrooms under the K to 12 program.
Another P65.4 billion has been earmarked to build 47,492 classrooms.
Some 66,463 classrooms are under construction. (PNA)