• DPWH set to launch new designs for school buildings in Yolanda-hit areas

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    The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to launch a new design for school infrastructure in Yolanda-hit areas in Eastern Visayas, which can withstand 250 kilometers per hour wind velocity, Director of the Bureau of Design (BOD), Engineer Gilberto Senson Reyes said on Monday.

    Reyes said that the design will be referred to the consultant, “probably next week,” adding that the DPWH will be using the same materials for the construction.

    He explained that 250 is more higher than the wind speed of 200 in Yolanda-hit areas.

    “Ganun padin normally lang kasi ang tayo one or two story. Pwedi na more or less two stories. Karamihang gamit sa mga provinces is one to three stories,” Reyes said.

    Meanwhile, the DPWH and the DepEd has already agreed on the design, and that the agency will be using a 6 inches hallow blocks.

    He added that their agency will ensure that the materials they will be using will be sturdy and that it complies the standard.

    “We would make sure na gagamitin na hallow blocks per specification. Yun strength ng hallow blocks mas matibay and it has to follow the standards,” he disclosed.

    In November 8, 2013 super typhoon Yolanda had ravaged Eastern Visayas that killed more than 6, 200 individuals and destroyed houses and some government infrastructures. ROBERTZON F. RAMIREZ

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