Officer-in-charge John Arnold Siena of the Department of Education Region 6 yesterday said the agency is checking the extent of damage caused by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake Tuesday on the classrooms of public schools in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City.
Siena said he was informed that huge cracks were found on the walls of the A.L. Jayme Elementary School in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod and that its ceiling was damaged after the earthquake.
Aside from ALJES in Bacolod, he said he also learned that cracks were also noted on the wall of the principal's office of Brgy. Ara-al Elementary School in La Carlota while damages were noted in two classrooms at the second floor of the Bucalan Elementary School II in Brgy. RSB, also in the city.
Siena told the DAILY STAR that they are waiting for an official report from these schools which they will forward to the DepEd main office in Manila so that funds can be allotted for their immediate repair.
He said all the public schools that had stopped classes temporarily, on Wednesday, had resumed them yesterday.
During the inspection by the staff of the Office of the Building Official on Wednesday, cracks were noted in one of the classrooms of West Negros University and on the wall near the elevator of La Consolacion College-Bacolod.
OBO OIC Isidro Sun said they have advised the management of these institutions to take precautionary measures and have these cracks repaired.
He said they also inspected the ABE International School, the SM City Mall and the Pope John Paul II tower at the Bacolod reclamation area but did not see any damage caused by the earthquake.
The OBO inspecting team also checked some hotels and business establishments but no results were reported yet as of press time last night.*APN