Thursday, May 28, 2015

DepEd to build temporary learning centers for students of schools along fault line

The Department of Education is planning to put up temporary learning centers for students of schools situated along the West Valley Fault, a Palace official said on Wednesday.

“Education Secretary (Armin) Luistro was saying that they will not allow any student to use buildings that have not been cleared by the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways),” Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte said.

Valte said that once the department gets a better picture of the problem, it could either transfer the students to other schools or house them in temporary learning centers until safer structures are built.

She noted that there is enough time to build the temporary learning centers but not for the permanent structures.

“For the permanent construction, hindi sapat ang panahon because classes will open on June 1. Pero doon sa mga temporary learning centers natin, oo, may panahon pa tayo diyan dahil nag-anticipate na naman ang Department of Education para dito sa darating na pasukan,” she said.

The Department of Education has recently asked its engineers to check the structural integrity of school buildings situated along the West Valley Fault.

Philippine volcanology experts have warned that a magnitude 7.2 earthquake could occur once the fault moves.

The 100-kilometer West Valley Fault traverses 42 barangays in Marikina, Quezon City, Pasig, Makati, Taguig and Muntinlupa, as well as 30 barangays in the provinces of Bulacan, Laguna and Cavite. (PCOO News Release)

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