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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, February 8, 2012
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City assessing quake damage

School heads in Bacolod City have been asked to submit their initial reports on the damage caused by the earthquake for the Office of the Building Official and City Engineers Office to evaluate or assess their school buildings, Joe Marie Vargas, Bacolod City Risk Reduction Management officer, said yesterday.

After the initial reports of the school heads are submitted, they will endorse them to the CEO and OBO who will conduct an inspection to determine which school building should be given immediate attention, Vargas said.

They will also determine whether the building should be used or condemned, he added.

They have inspected the main store of Gaisano in the downtown area and only its third floor has been closed to the public, he said.

Vargas said he thanked the store owner, and those of other establishments for their engineers who joined the city team in conducting the inspection, adding that they will give the store owners a chance to make corrections on their structures based on the recommendations of the engineers.

Vargas said the La Consolacion College and West Negros University informed them that they suspended classes yesterday since they have to conduct technical evaluation and inspection to ensure the safety of students when classes resume today.

WNU president Oscar Suarez assured the public in an interview over ABS CBN that their buildings are very sound structurally and that, according to their engineers, the cracks found in some of its parts