58 classrooms in Kidapawan declared unsafe after July 9 quake

Published July 15, 2019, 5:22 PM

by Dr. Eduardo Gonzales

By Malu Manar 

KIDAPAWAN CITY – At least 58 classrooms in several public schools here have been deemed unfit for learning, according to an assessment made by the City Disaster Risk and Reduction and Management (CDRRM) .

Kidapawan City, Cotabato, Philippines (Photo courtesy of Google Map)
Kidapawan City, Cotabato, Philippines (Photo courtesy of Google Map)

CDDRM in-charge Psalmer Bernalte, in a media interview, said these classrooms sustained cracks on the walls and floors, and other structural damages, as a result of the 5.6 in magnitude earthquake that hit the city on July 9.

He recommended to the Department of Education (DepEd) to repair the structures as soon as possible so as not to disrupt classes.

“In the meantime that there is no repair yet being done, we highly suggest classes should not be held in those structures,” he stressed.

Data from the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology showed that at least 259 aftershocks were recorded after July 9.