FOURTEEN more public and private schools were found sitting on or near the West and East Valley faults, the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Tuesday.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said these schools are in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
School administrators of these learning institutions presented to the DepEd chief their respective disaster preparedness measures.
The eight private schools located near the valley fault system are Ateneo de Manila University grade school and Filinvest II Ideal Montessori Center Inc., both in Quezon City; Muntinlupa Institute of Technology, Our Lady of the Abandoned Catholic School, Affordable Private Education Center, all in Muntinlupa City; and St. Therese of the Child Jesus in San Pedro, Laguna.
Meanwhile, the six public schools are the Macabud National High School, Tagumpay Elementary and National High schools, Mascap Elementary and National High schools, and Karahumi Elementary School, all located in Rodriguez town in Rizal province.
Luistro explained that although the valley fault system does not directly transect some of the schools, they are within the five-meter buffer zone.
The DepEd chief advised school administrators to refrain from using buildings that are near or on the faultline.
“If a school building is transacted by a faultline, we will not use it,” he said in a press briefing.
Luistro said he is not certain if there are other schools located near the West and East Valley fault line.
“We will continue to study if there are other schools built along the faultline,” the DepEd chief said.