Quezon City identifies 23 flood-prone public schoolsBy Julie M. Aurelio
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines—The Quezon City division of city schools has identified 23 public schools as flood-prone following last week’s torrential rains that flooded parts of Metro Manila.
School division superintendent Dr. Corazon Rubio noted that the heavy flooding caused damage to school property worth P3.4 million.
In a report to the city engineering department, the flood-prone schools were named as: Masambong High School, Masambong Elementary School, Sergio Osmena Sr. High School, E. North Fairview Elementary School, West Fairview Elementary School, Rodriguez Sr. Elementary School;
Carlos Albert High School, Betty Go-Belmonte Elementary School, Dr. Josefa Jara Martinez High School, San Bartolome Elementary School, Mines Elementary School;
Diosdado Macapagal Elementary School, Carlos P. Garcia High School, Bagbag Elementary School, Sta. Lucia High School, San Gabriel Elementary School, San Antonio Elementary School;
Doña Rosario High School, Doña Rosario Elementary School, Bagong Silangan Elementary School; Bagong Silangan High School and Fairview Elementary School.
Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista has directed the inspection of all schools to determine structural integrity and stability after days of rains and floods.
City engineer Joselito Cabungcal will head the assessment, to include the extent of damage to schools, so they can undertake repairs and retrofitting measures immediately.
“The safety of our schoolchildren will remain as our main concern,” Bautista said in a statement.
In Rubio’s report, the San Bartolome Elementary School appeared to be the hardest hit as four class rooms, school fixtures and furniture were damaged.
Torrential rains and floods also wrecked the Mathay and SB Halls of Carlos Albert High School in Barangay Santol, with damage amounting to P1.59 million.
Similarly damaged were the Masambong Elementary School, Sergio Osmeña Sr. High School, President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School, Masambong High School;
Sta. Lucia High School and Pugad Lawin High School, North Fairview High School and Doña Rosario High School.
According to Rubio, the C.P. Garcia High School, Bagbag Elementary School and Mines Elementary School were also flooded at the height of the heavy rains.