‘Cebu bridges remain strong’-A A +A
Friday, October 18, 2013
THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is checking bridges and public buildings in Cebu for damage caused by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake last Tuesday.
DPWH Regional Director Ador Canlas said initial safety inspections by engineering districts in Central Visayas revealed that there is less damage on infrastructure in Cebu compared to Bohol.
Cebu bridges remain strong and passable, he said.
In Bohol, three bridges in Maribojoc and Loon became impassable. Damage was also observed on 13 other Bohol bridges, although these are still passable.
Canlas said materials for the reconstruction of the three destroyed bridges in Bohol will be delivered from Iloilo City next week and DPWH will construct the steel bridges in one month.
Canlas said members of the Structural Engineers of the Philippines will help DPWH check public schoolbuildings, markers, and municipal and city halls as ordered by President Benigno Aquino III the other day.
The Commission on Higher Education (Ched) 7 urged heads of colleges and universities in the region to ensure that their facilities remain safe for their students and faculty.
Dr. Amelia Biglete, Ched 7 director, urged school administrators to ensure that precautionary measures are undertaken once classes resume.
She also said make-up classes should be conducted.
Classes in all levels in public and private schools have been suspended since Wednesday while schoolbuildings and facilities are being assessed for damage.
Most schools will resume classes on Monday.
As this developed, Sen. Bam Aquino proposed the establishment of a P15-billion rehabilitation fund to help Cebu, Bohol and other parts or the country which were affected by the earthquake.
Sen. Aquino, chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade, said the bulk of the fund will be used to rehabilitate old churches and other tourist spots, such as the Chocolate Hills in Carmen town and the centuries-old colonial churches in the municipalities of Loboc, Baclayon, Dauis and Loon.
He said the fund will also be used to rehabilitate establishments and other infrastructure destroyed by the earthquake in Cebu.
The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) 7 based at Camp Sergio Osmeña Sr. reported that aside from the two bell towers of Basilica del Sto. Niño, the earthquake also damaged the Dalaguete Church, St. Francis de Assisi Church in Dumanjug and the church in Bogo City.
OCD 7 reported that the offices of the Department of Education (DepEd) 7; Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 7 and DTI Cebu; the city halls of Talisay and Bogo Cities; municipal halls of Alcoy and Pinamungajan; buildings at the Cebu Capitol compound; the Cebu International Convention Center; and the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center.
The Boljoon Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) building reportedly collapsed during the quake.
OCD 7 also recorded the collapse of the Budget Builders building on Natalio Bacalso Ave. in Cebu City; and damages at Gaisano Capital in Talisay City, and Gaisano Grand Mall and Prince Warehouse Supermarket in Minglanilla town.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 18, 2013.