CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama wants the Local School Board (LSB) to install temporary access in nine public schools that don’t have emergency exits yet.

Since most of the schools only have one staircase, Rama said, safety of the students should not be put at stake while waiting for the completion of the emergency exits.

“Those emergency exits nga wa maapas should be addressed (that were unfinished),” he said.

Rama said construction of the safety feature of the schools should be hastened because a calamity might hit the city.

“Disasters might come and that’ll be the time for us to react. We have been clear and serious that, as much as possible, those emergency exits should be the priority we must focus on,” he said.

Buildings

Emergency exits were built in public elementary and secondary schools with three to four-story buildings.

Temporary emergency exits, Rama suggests, are movable and can be place on the other side of a school building.

He said the LSB could tap the help of the private sector, such as Dakay Construction, in putting up the temporary structure.

Rama said that Ricky Dakay, owner of the construction firm, earlier committed to help the City in building emergency exits.

The nine public schools are Inayawan Elementary School, Pardo Elementary School, Mambaling Elementary School, Mabolo Elementary School, Don Vicente Rama Memorial Elementary School, Lahug Elementary School, Don Vicente Rama Memorial National High School, Bulacao National High School and Basak Community High School.

Budget

Some P30 million from the Special Education Fund last year was set aside for the construction of safety features in 40 public elementary and schools in the City.

Before the opening of classes yesterday, 31 schools already had their emergency exits.

LSB Chief Raddy Diola said all unfinished the emergency exits will be done by the middle of this month.

He said he had a meeting with the contractors in nine schools and reiterated to them the need to complete them this month.

“We are working on this with urgency,” he added.