DPWH urged to sub­mit re­port on col­lapse ceil­ing

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BA­COLOD City Coun­cilor Renecito Novero urged the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works and Highways (DPWH) to sub­mit a copy of their in­spec­tion re­port and rec­om­men­da­tion on the col­lapsed ceil­ing in one of the classrooms of the newly con­structed se­nior high school build­ing of Domingo Na­tional High School (DNHS) in Barangay Banago, Ba­colod City.

Novero said the ceil­ing of one of the classrooms at the 4th Floor in one of the Se­nior High School Build­ings of DLNHS re­port­edly col­lapsed some­time on June 18.

He said an im­me­di­ate in­spec­tion was re­port­edly con­ducted by the DPWH rep­re­sented by Engr. Abra­ham Vil­lareal and ac­com­pa­nied by De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (Deped) en­gi­neer Engr. John Olvido.

“Un­til today no of­fi­cial re­port has been sub­mit­ted by the DPWH,” he added.

Novero noted that the said in­ci­dent should never oc­cur again which thus ne­ces­si­tates a re­view in­spec­tion of all the newly con­structed Se­nior High School build­ings in said in­sti­tu­tion.

Novero said that on June 24, a mem­o­ran­dum from the Deped Cen­tral Of­fice stated that based on the vis­ual observatio­n, the ap­par­ent rea­son for the col­lapsed ceil­ing is “the lack of metal hanger sup­port” which thus sub­jects to jeop­ardy the lives and limbs of the stu­dents and teach­ers in th­ese classrooms.

In its re­port ear­lier sub­mit­ted to Dis­trict En­gi­neer Vil­lareal, the DPWH, led by pro­ject en­gi­neer Fer­di­nand Sa­gada, said the ma­te­ri­als used in the ceil­ing were in ac­cor­dance with the ap­proved plans and spec­i­fi­ca­tions and per ini­tial observatio­n, but the ceil­ing col­lapsed as some­body went up there.

The DPWH was ear­lier di­rected by Representa­tive Greg Gasa­taya to con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the col­lapse of DLNHS class­room’s ceil­ing on June 19.

The two-unit, three­storey, 15-classrooms pro­ject was un­der­taken by con­tract with Supreme ABF Const. & Const. Supply Co. Inc. in the amount of P51,163,111.92, which was funded un­der fis­cal year 2016 of the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Fa­cil­i­ties Fund. It was com­pleted in Au­gust 2017. /

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