IN PHOTOS: Damaged gov’t facilities in Cotabato need rehab aid

Loreben Tuquero
Mayors of the affected local government units are asking for assistance to restore public facilities

FALLING DEBRIS. The damaged Makilala fire station. Photo from QC DRRMC

MANILA, Philippines – After 3 strong earthquakes struck Cotabato in October, affected local government units are now struggling to continue keeping “business as usual.”

It is difficult to keep providing basic and frontline services to constituents when government facilities are unsafe, said Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office chief Myke Marasigan, who helped conduct inspections in the quake-stricken areas.

How can the government function if there’s no municipal hall or a city hall? And lahat naman ‘yan magsastart lahat sa government… How can you help your constituents kung ang gobyerno ang bagsak? So ‘yun ang dapat tingnan,” Marasigan said.

(How can the government function if there’s no municipal hall or a city hall? Everything will start with the government. How can you help your constituents if the government itself is down? So they will have to address that.)

 Government workers in Kidapawan City and municipalities of Tulunan, M’lang, Arakan, and Makilala in Cotabato and Samal City in Davao del Norte have called out to other local government units, asking for assistance with damage assessment and rehabilitation. (READ: Will engineers, architects go on ‘earthquake mission’ to assess structures?)

Here are some of the damaged government facilities in the affected areas as documented by the QC DRRM Council. Descriptions were based on remarks from the Quezon City Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis team. (READ: Building back better: QC helps Cotabato assess damage after earthquakes)

Kidapawan

Colegio de Kidapawan

FOR REPAIR. One school building was limited to restricted use while another was deemed unsafe. Photo from QC DRRMC

Kidapawan City Sports Center

FALLING HAZARDS. Apart from the rubble, the inspection team also observed falling hazards. Photo from QC DRRMC

SAFE FOR OCCUPANCY. Even with a collapsed wall, the building was deemed safe for occupancy by the inspection team. Photo from QC DRRMC

Kidapawan requested for experts who could their train personnel on critical incidence stress debriefing and damage assessment. The city also requested for financial assistance from Quezon City amounting to P100 million to fund the relocation and housing of displaced families.

Makilala

Municipal Hall

RESTRICTED USE. Inspectors recommended restricted use for the facility due to potential falling hazards and air quality issues. Photo from QC DRRMC

LIMITED OCCUPANCY. Entry is allowed only with consent from the Makilala Municipal Office. Photo from QC DRRMC

RESTRICTED. Photo from QC DRRMC

The rehabilitation for two municipal hall buildings is valued at P65 million. 

Fire Station

UNSAFE. Inspectors deemed the facility 'off limits' due to possible collapse. Photo from QC DRRMC

 

NO ENTRY ALLOWED. Photo from QC DRRMC

Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office

UNSAFE. Makilala's own MDRRM Office was deemed unsafe for occupancy, with a portion of the facility possibly in danger of collapse. Photo from QC DRRMC

OFF LIMITS. Photo from QC DRRMC

FALLING DEBRIS. Photo from QC DRRMC

Municipal Health Office

UNSAFE FOR OCCUPANCY. The Municipal Health Office was deemed unsafe to due multiple safety risks, such as a collapsed roof deck, severe cracks, and leaning. Photo from QC DRRMC

COLLAPSED ROOF DECK. Photo from QC DRRMC

Senior Citizen Center

RESTRICTED USE. The Senior Citizen Center was restricted to limited occupancy. Photo from QC DRRMC

SEVERE CRACKS. Photo from QC DRRMC

Senior Citizens’ Building

UNSAFE. The building is in danger of collapse. Photo from QC DRRMC

Gymnasium 

NO ENTRY ALLOWED. After assessment, the Makilala Gymnasium was deemed unsafe for occupancy due to 'obvious safety risks'. Photo from QC DRRMC

OFF LIMITS. Photo from QC DRRMC

UNSAFE. A car in the area was crushed by falling debris. Photo from QC DRRMC

The rehabilitation for the gymnasium will cost P100 million.

Library and Information Center

IMMEDIATE REPAIR. The Makilala Library and Information Structure needs immediate repair and rectification. Photo from QC DRRMC

Tulunan

Bacong Elementary School

UNSAFE. Classrooms in Bacong Elementary School had a dilapidated ceiling and broken glass windows, thus prompting inspectors to put them under restricted use. Photo from QC DRRMC

INSPECTED. Another building, on the other hand, did not have major structural damage. Photo from QC DRRMC

M’lang

M’lang National High School 

OFF LIMITS. The school is still subject for further evaluation. Photo from QC DRRMC

DILAPIDATED CEILING. Photo from QC DRRMC

PAGCOR BUILDING. The building was deemed unsafe due to severely damaged walls. Photo from QC DRRMC

Nueva Vida High School

JUNIOR LABORATORY BUILDING. The building  was deemed severely damaged, with falling hazards. Photo from QC DRRMC

BUILDING 1. Due to severe damage and falling hazards, the building is now off limits. Photo from QC DRRMC

UNSAFE. Photo from QC DRRMC

SENIOR HIGH LABORATORY. The second floor was deemed off limits due to falling hazards. Photo from QC DRRMC

DAMAGED WALL. Photo from QC DRRMC

The rehabilitation of the school will cost around P60 million.

– Rappler.com

 

Loreben Tuquero

Loreben Tuquero is a researcher-writer for Rappler. Before transferring to Rappler's Research team, she covered transportation, Quezon City, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government as a reporter. She graduated with a communication degree from the Ateneo de Manila University.