Newly built school buildings that incurred damaged due to the 7.2 Magnitude earthquake in Central Visayas last October 15 will be repaired by its contractors.
This is the assurance made by the Provincial Engineering’s Office (PEO) when it inspected one of the affected Capitol-built classrooms in Talisay City Central Elementary School-Barangay Dumlog Extension last October 21.
According to Engr. Ferdinand Masamayor of PEO, the damage was minimal.“The classrooms only suffered minor cracks in the walls and in the floors,” said Masamayor, who added that these cracks in the walls can be repaired by sealing with it concrete epoxy.
There are a total of eight classrooms in the elementary school in Barangay Dumlog. The Capitol built six of these classrooms. Masamayor said the Capitol contractors are already repairing the damage to the classrooms situated in other local government units that are still under warranty.
The classes in the public schools in the province are still suspended though the teachers are still reporting to the schools in the morning.
Geraldine Zapanta, Grade 2 adviser, said they continue to experience strong aftershocks on Monday morning.
Based on the data posted by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) website, the strongest shock that was felt at around 7:03 am is 5.4 Magnitude (Tagbilaran City).
According to the residents of Barangay Dumlog, they no longer sleep in their homes because of fear of aftershocks. They just stayed in the open field in the evening. Unfortunately, at midnight, it rained, which led them to find shelter in the school.
Last Sunday alone, Phivolcs recorded 27 aftershocks with the strongest recorded at around 4:40 am with a 5.1 Magnitude. Text messages also circulated, forecasting an 8.0 Magnitude quake. This caused even more panic to the Cebuanos.
Jeffrey Perez, Phivolcs supervising science research specialist, reiterated that there is no instrument yet that would enable the government to forecast an earthquake. Phivolcs can only monitor the movement of the active faults following its outbreak but it cannot predict, he said.
He also explained the province will continue to experience post quake tremors in two to three weeks time like the quake that hit Negros Oriental last year.
He added that normally, the stronger ones would be felt within a week from the occurrence of the quake.
The quake caused a vibration of 7.0 intensity in Cebu and caused damage to some of its infrastructures, including public buildings. (Xerxes Alkuino)