MANILA, June 1, 2015— Amid threats of a major earthquake in Metro Manila, the Catholic Educators Association of the Philippines (CEAP) is making sure that the safety of students is top priority.
Anthony Coloma, CEAP advocacy and information management officer, said measures were taken so that schools, particularly those near the fault line, are structurally sound and can withstood jolts.
“The security and the safety of our students are primary issues for our schools whether they straddle along the fault line or not,” he said.
“Our schools are generally compliant with the accepted standards of safety in our infrastructures,” Coloma said.
He also said Catholic schools consistently train their staff and students to be familiar with evacuation procedures, amid fears of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake.
“Our schools regularly organize fire and earthquake drills to ensure that our school communities are prepared for any unforeseen eventualities,” Coloma added.
“Having said that, we continue to pray that no catastrophe would fall on or shake our land,” he said.
The Department of Education (DepEd) earlier reported that there are 140 public schools within the 100-kilometer West Valley Fault.
The agency said at least five schools, which transect the fault line or are within its five-meter buffer zone will no longer be used.
All in Metro Manila, these are Barangka National High School in Marikina City; Alabang Elementary School, Pedro Diaz High School and Buli Elementary School in Muntinlupa City; and Anne Claire Montessori in Taguig City. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)