Two Quezon City public schools in Barangay Bagong Silangan, which were reportedly sitting on top of the West Valley fault line, were recommended for closure to ensure the safety of the students in case of an earthquake.
Bagong Silangan Elementary and High Schools, which have a combined student population of about 11,000, have earned relocation recommendation to a safer site to ensure that its students are not at risk. With the school year almost over, the city government has ample time to search for a safe school location for the students who will be displaced once the closure order takes effect.
Other than these structures, the city government, on orders of Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista, is closely coordinating with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) in identifying other government facilities such as schools, health facilities, and day-care centers that may also be earthquake risk.
Also recommended for closure is SMILE CitiHomes along Zabarte Road on reports of structural defects. Bautista already asked its property developer, PHINMA properties, to immediately undertake retrofitting measures to ensure the safety of the homeowners. To ensure that all safety requirements are complied with, city building official, Isagani Versoza, has been tasked by the Mayor to coordinate closely with PHINMA.
Earlier, Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study earlier revealed that seven out of 17 cities in Metro Manila will suffer the most damage and casualties if a massive earthquake occurs at the West Valley Fault. The seven cities are Marikina, Quezon City, Pasig, Makati, Pateros, Taguig, and Muntinlupa.