20 schools in Leyte damaged by earthquake; 2 barangays along fault line set for full evacuation

Posted on July 13, 2017

One of the school buildings damaged by the July 6 earthquake in Leyte. -- PHIVOLCS
TEN SCHOOLS in Leyte were destroyed by the 6.5-magnitude earthquake that struck the central part of the country on July 6, while 10 others were partially damaged. Leyte Division Schools Superintendent Ronilo Al Fermo said those destroyed are in the towns of Kananga, Jaro, Barugo and San Isidro, while the damaged are in Inopacan, Albuera, Merida, Barugo, and San Miguel. Mr. Fermo told The Freeman that school administrators will implement a shifting scheme so that all students can still have classes despite the limited classrooms. The Department of Education’s regional office has requested the central office for at least P120 million for repairs, Mr. Fermo said. “As of this moment, we are coordinating also with Department of Health-8 officials to provide psycho-social intervention for the rehabilitation and recovery of students from trauma they experienced from the quake,” he added. Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology officials have assessed that the schools are not located along fault lines.

In Ormoc City, at least 400 families in Barangay Lake Danao will have to be moved permanently to another barangay, said Ciriaco E. Tolibao II, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office. Lake Danao and Tongonan are the two barangays recommended for total evacuation as these are directly in the path of the Philippine Fault Line. The city’s rescue units are rushing the evacuation, Mr. Tolibao said, even as continuous landslides in the mountainous village have hampered movement. As of Tuesday, Lake Danao could no longer be accessed by car, thus, evacuation will have to be done on foot. -- The Freeman