Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Schools, Hospitals To Be Assessed In Earthquake-Hit Areas

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Following the Magnitude 7 earthquake in Northern Luzon, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. wants the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to assess schools and hospital establishments. 

 

“Pina-pa-assess ni Presidente yung (The President instructed us to assess) other public buildings including school buildings, hospitals. Together with local government units (LGUs) and Department of Education (DepEd) nakikipag tulungan kami sa assessment ng mga damages sa mga eskuwelahan lalo na malapit na ang pasukan (we are coordinating on the assessment of damages of schools especially since classes are about to start,” DPWH Secretary Manuel Bonoan  said in an interview. 

 

Secretary Bonoan was instructed to inspect schools and hospitals for damages that could potentially endanger students, teachers, patients, and healthcare workers. 

 

As of writing, there are one or two hospitals that have restricted people from entering so that they can conduct an extensive technical assessment, while the Tagudin-Cervantes and Baguio-Bontoc National Roads are being repaired and may be passable by Yesterday afternoon.  

 

Bonoan also said that they are coordinating with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to rehabilitate and restore structures that were damaged. 

 

Among the damaged structures is the historical Unesco World Heritage Site, Vigan City.

 

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