ORMOC CITY- School buildings that are designed to withstand big typhoons are to be constructed in Ormoc and nearby town of Kananga, both in Leyte.
The construction of these school buildings are to be initiated by the Lopez Group of Companies through its ABS-CBN Foundation and the Energy Development Corp. (EDC).
In a press statement, the school buildings would be designed to withstand a typhoon with wind velocity of 250 kilometer per hour. Thus, these school buildings will also serve as evacuation centers during a typhoon.
When supertyphoon Yolanda hit Leyte, practically almost all school buildings, serving as evacuation centers, were either totally destroyed or sustained major damages.
It was learned that Ormoc and Kananga were just two of their four pilot areas where school buildings are to be constructed designed as typhoon resistant. These are also equipped with electric fans and toilets.
Undersecretary Danilo Antonio of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) in his recent visit to New Ormoc City National High School (NOCNHS), where eight classrooms are to be constructed, expressed his appreciation to the efforts made by the ABS-CBN Kapamilya and EDC for designing typhoon-resistant school buildings that are, at the same time, conducive to learning. (ELVIE ROMAN ROA)