Quake damaged P83 million worth of classrooms

University of Cebu LM Campus

At least 86 classrooms in the province of Cebu suffered cracks and collapsed ceilings, said Governor Hilario P. Davide III, who still suspended the classes on all levels in the province until further notice.

Davide said that based on the assessment of Department of Education-Cebu Province Division, whom he asked to check on the integrity of the school buildings all throughout the province, the total amount of damage is around P83 million.

The governor said the office of the President would be sent copies of the assessment. He said he expects the national government to shoulder the repair of these buildings because these are owned and funded by the national government.

In his visit in Cebu, President Benigno “PNoy Aquino III assured the governor of the national government’s support for the rebuilding of infrastructures affected by the 7.0 quake in Cebu.

Aquino wanted to get the assessment of the damage and recommended plan of action as soon as possible. He said the national government has a lot of funds to fix the damage.

It is the southern towns, which are facing Bohol, that absorbed much of the damage.

With the integrity of some classrooms in the province, Davide told the media last October 17 that he favors, the postponement of barangay election this month, in these areas, unless it will be addressed.

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Chief Neil Sanchez also stated private international communities are already in Cebu for possible assistance.

Neil said during calamities, there is always an offer of assistance from international organizations. It can also be that the national government initiated a flash appeal of assistance.

The ASEAN- Emergency Rapid Assessment Team is also in Cebu. Sanchez said usually the assistance from the agency would be for the most basic needs of the victims.

About 500 tents will also be sent to the quake affected areas by the Habitat Humanity International. The tents will be divided between Bohol and Cebu.

Sanchez said the Office of the Civil Defense in Cebu would become the shipping point of the relief goods that will be sent to Bohol. These will be ferried using the transport of the Philippine Coast Guard-Central Visayas. (Xerxes Alkuino)