Minor damage noted in Iloilo after quake-A A +A
Monday, October 21, 2013
BOTH private and public buildings in Iloilo City are enjoying structural stability and integrity even after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that shook central Philippines, the Office of Building Official of the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) reported.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has ordered the structural evaluation and inspection of buildings, including heritage structures in the city, as a result of the quake that killed at least 186 people as of 6 a.m. of October 21.
The earthquake has reduced to ruins the many heritage churches in Bohol and Cebu City, aside from houses and buildings. Its epicenter was located kilometers away from Sagbayan, Bohol (not Carmen as earlier reported).
Although affected, heritage buildings in downtown Iloilo City, however, sustained no damage after the tremor, said the CEO.
Jose Cloyd Grecia, a CEO structural engineer, said they inspected 22 public school buildings in the city and found out that the schools have already minor and thin cracks on walls but they are still safe for occupancy.
Madilyn Dimaano, annual building safety inspector of the CEO, said that nine private school buildings and two private hospitals were inspected by her team.
Among those inspected were the schools in Mandurriao, La Paz, Ticud, Molo, Jaro, San Juan, TIIC Barrio Obrero, Sped-ISEC, A. Mabini Elem School, Iloilo City Division Office, I. Arroyo Elementary School, Quntin Salas Elementary School, A. Celiz Elem School, and Buntatala Elementary School.
Inspected private buildings are St. Paul’s University, Assumption of Iloilo, University of San Agustin, St. Joseph School, Ateneo de Iloilo Mandurriao, Iloilo Scholastic Academy, Iloilo Doctor’s College, St. Therese MTC-College Molo, and John B. Lacson Maritime University.