After quake: Where are emergency stairs?

By: Nestle L. Semilla March 31,2015 - 11:49 PM

After last Monday’s earthquake, Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama asked about the status of emergency stairs to be built in public schools, where the lack of exits worried city officials right after the destructive earthquake in October 2013.

“It was fortunate that there were no classes when tremor happened,” Rama said.

The work is almost halfway done, according to Rady Diola, the mayor’s  representative in the Local School Board, who said that 30 out of 70 stairs have been constructed in 40 school sites.

Another 15 emergency stairs will be competed next week.  Work on the other 25 stairways has just started, said Diola who replaced Joey Daluz III as head of the Local School Board, when the project was first assigned. P22 was set aside for the project.

Diola said that the city only give the contractors 30 days to complete work.

“I would presume that by the second week of May, everything will be completed,” he said.


Diola assured that all public schools in the city will have emergency stairs before the school opens for year 2015-2016.

“We have different contractors working. We split the work so it would all get done.”

At the Capitol, Gov. Hilario Davide III said all buildings have been inspected and no damage were found.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) monitored at least eight aftershocks.

The strongest was magnitude 3.2 recorded at 7:54 a.m. yesterday and was felt in Metro Cebu.

The quake’s origin was traced 10 kilometers southeast of Buenavista, Bohol province.

The epicenter was located  8 kilometers east of Buenavista, Bohol. Phivolcs attributed the temblor to the active faultline in Bohol.

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