The Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Tuesday that they are set to demolish public school buildings that are standing directly on the West Valley Fault System. This is a part of their preventive and safety preparations for the possible 7.2 magnitude earthquake that can hit Metro Manila and its nearby provinces.
Bro. Armin Luistro, the Department of Education Secretary said that five public school buildings will be demolished because of their location. These schools are: Pedro Diaz High School and Buli Elementary School in Muntinlupa City, Alabang Elementary School, Barangka National High School Marikin, and Anne Claire Montessori in Taguig City.
Luistro said that the main goal is to vacate immediately these buildings which are at the fault line. It is a policy of the department and in the long run, would be the best in terms of the safety of the students and the school’s employees.
“The policy of DepEd is that if a school building is traversed by a fault line and within the fault’s five meter zone, the immediate action is that it cannot be used to hold classes. It can be used as a storage area or employees can enter it but only for a limited time. The medium-term policy is to actually demolish those buildings,” Luistro said in Filipino.
Principals and school heads of the five public schools have already submitted their plans on how to prepare for the earthquake to the DepEd.
High School Principal of Barangka National High School Maita Abergos said that they are coordinating with Ludigario National High School to be able to temporarily use their classrooms while the Pedro Diaz High School Principal Estrella Aseron stated that they have decided to construct a new administration building. She said that four of their school’s buildings are by the valley fault.
Meanwhile, according to Alabang Elementary School principal Dr. Antonio Rocha, they plan to have a “learning center” where their students and staff can learn about the Valley Fault System.