The City Engineer’s Office (CEO)recommended that these be vacated. The city hall was designed towithstand intensity 8 earthquakes. It has already experienced three earthquakesand typhoons. “Well, it is time for the LGUs toinspect all buildings. Umpisahan na nila ngayon (They should start now),”the President said. Presidential Communications OperationsOffice Secretary Martin Andanar called on Congress to amend Republic Act (RA)6541 or the National Building Code of the Philippines, saying the currentframework of the “outdated” law was “very lax”. “Occupants and visitors need notworry,” said Grecia. “Let us not wait for a disaster tohappen before we become strict in granting building permits,” Andanar said./PN The CEO recommended an immediaterepair. On Oct. 31, President Rodrigo Dutertedirected local government units to conduct an immediate inspection of buildingswithin their respective jurisdictions. ILOILO City – Two relatively newtwo-storey school buildings of the Iloilo City National High School in Molodistrict were found to have structural defects. Each of the two two-storey schoolbuildings, constructed only in 2015, has six rooms. “We have already given the instructionto the principal. The buildings must be temporarily vacated until thestructural issues are resolved,” said Engineer Cloyd Grecia, CEO structuralengineer. The non-structural component includesceilings, windows, doors, and partitions, among others. Also inspected were Fort San PedroNational High School, Jaro National High School, Mandurriao National HighSchool, A. Mirasol Memorial Elementary School, La Paz National High School,Jalandoni National High School, and Ramon Avanceña National High School. “We have not seen major defects ordamage. What we saw were minor, superficial cracks that were not significant tothe structural integrity of the building,” said Grecia. Among others, the CEO found defects onthe flooring. The scope of RA 6541 includes“location, siting, design, quality of materials, construction, use, occupancy,and maintenance” of both private and public buildings. BUILDING IN DANGER. Iloilo City National High School administrative officer Khris Dane Dinopol points to huge indentations on the floor of this two-storey school building. The City Engineer’s Office has recommended that this building, built only in 2015 or four years ago, be vacated temporarily until the structural defect has been addressed. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Recent earthquakes in Mindanaoprompted the CEO to inspect buildings here, including government-owned infrastructuresand facilities. “We stopped there. We no longer haveto proceed with the strength evaluation because we have not seen damage tostructural integrity,” said Grecia. His order came after another deadlyquake jolted some areas in Mindanao on the morning of Oct. 31, the second inthat week and the third last month. The first to be inspected was theseven-storey city hall. “Minor cracks located on non-structural members” werefound. “Let us not wait nga ma-failure pa sya beforemag-recommend nga i-vacate,” said Grecia. The City Disaster Risk Reduction andManagement Office and Bureau of Fire Protection joined the inspections whichstarted on Nov. 7.