While the whole nation is busy with the results of 2019 midterm elections, DPWH Regional Director Samson L. Hebra gathered all chiefs of the Region’s district engineering offices and staff heads for a meeting on May 15, 2019, Wednesday, in order to start working on the approved 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA) or the P36-B allotted budget to the Region. He also made a concrete instruction to all district engineering offices and the chief of Quality and Hydrology Division (QAHD) to create a team that would inspect all constructed public buildings, especially school buildings, whether completed or ongoing implementation.
His concern to the stability of public buildings was due to the recent damages that befell Pampanga province after a 6.1 magnitude hit Luzon on April 16.
“We don’t want to replicate that incident. We cannot avoid natural disasters but we can avoid or perhaps minimize damages,” RD Hebra said.
In less than a month, schools will officially open especially for primary and secondary levels.
“All these buildings, especially multi-storey structures, have to be inspected to assess compliance based on the Standard DPWH-DepEd School Building design, latest National Structural Code of the Philippines (NSCP) and on the Minimum Performance Standard Specifications (MPSS).