EDUCATION Secretary Leonor Briones yesterday said Department of Education and the Department of Public Works and Highways are working on a new school building design that can withstand strong earthquakes and typhoons.
Briones said she met with DPWH officials to discuss the new design for school buildings even before the magnitude 6.7 quake hit Surigao del Norte last week.
She said the design will be based on the latest National Structural Code of the Philippines 2010 and on the Minimum Performance Standard Specifications to make the structures resilient to disasters.
The structural component of the building such as footing, columns, and beams are made bigger to withstand a wind velocity of 350 kph.
DepEd’s budget for this year is P109 billion to cover the construction of classrooms for K to 12, technical vocational workshop laboratories, and replacement of old and dilapidated classrooms.
The quake damaged the CARAGA Regional Science High School, JR Clavero Elementary School, Ipil Elementary School, Mariano Espina Memorial Central Elementary School, Surigao City Elementary School, Suklayang Elementary School, Mat-I Elementary School, Cabrera Altres Senior High School, and the DepEd Division Office. -- Evan Orias