By John Aldrin Casinas
The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) and the City Engineering Department conducted structural inspection of buildings in Marikina City following the 5.5-magnitude earthquake that rocked Quezon province early Thursday morning.
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the tectonic quake occurred at 4:52 a.m. and was plotted 36 kilometers northeast of Jomalig town.
The cities of Marikina, Navotas and Quezon City felt the quake at Intensity II while Muntinlupa City had it at Intensity I.
Dave David, chief of CDRRMO-Marikina City Rescue 161, said no “significant damage” was found at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina (PLMar) building.
“There were old surface cracks but the areas of concern such as beams has no cracks,” David said.
According to David, the PLMar officials have ordered the tentative suspension of classes after the tremor. Classes resumed at 9 a.m. after the building was inspected and declared safe.
He said the City Engineering Department has also conducted an inspection and damage assessment of schools, government facilities and other establishments in Marikina after the quake.
“Part of the earthquake protocol is that within the day, the City Engineering Department will submit to us their damage assessment report,” David said.