By MB Online
In the wake of the Surigao quake, Education Secretary Leonor Briones vowed to speed up the implementation of disaster-resilient school building projects in 2017.
The Department of Education (DepEd), even prior to the strong quake, has coordinated with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to reconstitute the joint Technical Working Group (TWG) on the Basic Education Facilities.
Both departments agreed to design buildings based on the latest National Structural Code of the Philippines (NSCP) 2010 and on the Minimum Performance Standard Specifications (MPSS) to construct structures that can withstand strong winds and major earthquakes.
Briones made the recommendation after typhoons “Nina” and “Lawin” wreaked havoc in the country last year.
The new school building design is being finalized as both agencies target to execute the plan for the budget year 2017