BACOLOD City – An appropriate legal action must be taken after a classroom’s ceiling collapsed at Domingo Lacson National High School in Barangay Banago, according to Congressman Greg Gasataya.
The room, located on the third floor of the school’s Building C, is used by Grade 7 students.
The ceiling collapsed in the afternoon of June 18, the Bacolod City Charter Day. There were no classes.
Nobody was inside the room at the time of the collapse.
School principal Josette Terora said she already noticed a crack in the room’s ceiling on June 17 and was about to report it to the Department of Education (DepEd) – City Division Office.
“That was a very unfortunate kind of situation. Good thing there were no classes and no students at that time,” said Gasataya.
Gasataya already ordered the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to find out why the ceiling fell off.
City District Engineer Abraham Villareal said the room was part of a 2016 project funded by DepEd and implemented by the DPWH. The contractor was identified as ABF Supreme.
As of this writing, the DPWH believes that the collapse was manmade.
The school has been robbed a couple of times, and the DPWH thinks that someone must have used the ceiling to barge into the room, causing it to collapse.
“There should be a thorough investigation. The DPWH should not let this pass without solving it,” said Gasataya./PN