University President Fr Jett Villarin SJ's statement on West Valley Fault safety measures
1 June 2015
Memo to : The University Community
Subject : West Valley Fault Safety Measures
In an earlier statement dated 18 October 2013 (http://ateneo.edu/news/
The recommendation of the structural consultants is for us to retrofit 3 buildings in the Grade School complex (David Hall, Fermin Hall and Pacquing Hall), in accordance with the 2010 National Structural Code of the Philippines (6th edition).
Following these recommendations and the recent pronouncements by DepEd on the West Valley Fault, we will commence soonest the retrofitting process of these buildings to ensure their structural integrity. The occupants of these buildings shall be temporarily relocated to various areas on campus, and provided with pre-fabricated modular air-conditioned classrooms as needed, while retrofitting the buildings is being done. Some offices will be temporarily relocated, likewise.
After conferring with the units concerned, my decision is for classes in Junior High School (Grades 7 and 8) to start on 15 June 2015, while those in the Grade School (Grades 3 to 6) to start on 3 August 2015. Classes in Grades 1 and 2 will proceed as scheduled since these are not affected by the retrofitting of the buildings.
The units concerned have prepared detailed plans to ensure that classes can continue in spite of the possible inconvenience that their temporary displacement may cause. The school units will communicate these plans to the students, faculty, non-teaching staff, and parents of our students. Moreover, we shall continue to run our regular emergency drills, albeit more frequently, for our younger boys in the Grade School and Junior High School.
As we have been doing for several years now, we shall keep working to streamline and integrate disaster risk education as part of our strategic thrust on environment and development, not just for our own but for our country as well.
I would like to assure the university community that more stringent precautionary measures are being undertaken to mitigate the risks posed by the WVF. Even as we do so, we never forget to turn to our Lord who continues to call and challenge us to protect one another and to become more active stewards of this finite world that has been entrusted to us.
Jose Ramon T Villarin SJ