Sub-standard? DepEd says quake caused damage to donated schools in Leyte

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Donated schools in Leyte were among those that were damaged by the 6.5-magnitude earthquake that hit the province, the Department of Education (DepEd) has found out.

“Now, we also confirm, since we also did our assessment separately, the findings of DPWH that among the school buildings which were damaged are those which were donated. The ones built publicly by the DPWH are still standing,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said in a statement.

As a result of the findings, the Briones recommended to initiate policy guidelines on school building donations. In consultation and agreement with Department of Public of Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar, Secretary Briones said that DepEd will issue policies on upgraded design of school buildings that are earthquake resistant and can withstand at least 250 kph winds.

“So, all our new school buildings will have to follow that design and those who want to donate will also be encouraged to follow our design,” Briones added.

Briones said that according to their own assessment, the total cost of damage in four school divisions on Region 8 amounted to P184.79 million.

Of the four schools divisions, Ormoc City Division has the biggest damage amounting to P104.22 million followed by Leyte Division with P76.51 million, Biliran Division with P2.7 million, and Tacloban City Division with P1.36 million.