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Politiko calls for taller school buildings in flood-prone Dagupan

Jul 23, 2015 @ 1:05

Due to recurring floods in Dagupan City, a councilor is asking the Department of Education (DepEd) to build not one- but at least three-storey school buildings for 11 public elementary schools in the city.

Councilor Jose Netu Tamayo, chairman on the committee on education, noted that construction of three-storey school buildings was recommended by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) chaired by Mayor Belen Fernandez.

Based on past calamities that hit the city, Tamayo pointed out the need to adopt and integrate a new policy in the planning, preparation and construction of new school buildings in Dagupan.

This policy, he said, was laid down by the city government in 2013 banning the construction of one-story school buildings in Dagupan.

Aside from accommodating more students, Tamayo stressed that many of the city’s public schools also serve as alternative evacuation areas in time of emergencies.

He also noted the city’s lack of classrooms, leaving the pupils vulnerable to the elements like heat and floods when classes are held in open spaces like bleachers, under the trees, along hallways and stairways, and other areas.

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