DPWH CONDUCTS STRUCTURAL AUDIT ON BUILDINGS IN METRO MANILA
DPWH Undersecretary Maria Catalina Cabral said that they deployed different teams to inspect and evaluate more than 4,900 government infrastructures in Metro Manila, mostly public schools and hospitals.
Results showed that at least 25 bridges and 3 flyovers need to be repaired.
During the launching of the Philippine Earthquake Model, Cabral said that budgetary cost for the strengthening of these critical bridges and flyovers will amount to P1 billion.
Cabral added that the structural audit is part of the government's measures to prevent major loss in life and property if anything unexpected like earthquake happens.
Moreover, the agency has adopted a methodology developed by the US Federal Emergency Management Authority – a rapid visual screening that utilizes a sidewalk survey of infrastructures.
Cabral believes that these calamities can be prevented by ensuring the structures' solidity from collapsing.