Decades old building collapses in Binondo

Published April 11, 2019, 9:19 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Erma Edera

A three-story residential building, which has stood for over five decades in Binondo, Manila partially collapsed on Wednesday evening.

(Ali Vicoy)
(Ali Vicoy)

According to Joseph Bulanon, chief engineer of the Manila City Hall, the incident happened along Veronica Street, Barangay 288 in Binondo, Manila at around 8 p.m. on April 10.

Bulanon said that no one was injured or killed but he asked the tenants occupying the part of the building that is still standing to vacate the premises for their safety.

The building used to be the Binondo Maternity Hospital.

The building’s condition deteriorated over the years since it was built after World War 2, Bulanon added.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the collapse but they are considering the age of the building as one factor.

Edgar Lim, the owner of the building vowed to make sure that the debris will be cleared from the street.

Bulanon had earlier ordered electricity cut in the area as part of security measures.