CEO: ADFC “Not Safe for Public Use”
TACLOBAN CITY – A Cease and Desist order (CDO) was served to Asian Development Foundation College President Edward Chua on Wednesday, April 23, 2019, to stop the school’s operation until further inspection by the Building Official of the CEO. The CDO was issued after the post-earthquake structural usability evaluation conducted by the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) on the ADFC Building along Burgos Street in Tacloban found it to be “Not Safe for Public Use.”
The inspection was conducted by the local engineering office in the immediate aftermath of the intensity 5 tremor that struck the City on Tuesday, April 22. According to the CEO, the post-earthquake evaluation is mandated under the National Building Code of the Philippines (NBCP) or Presidential Decree 1096, s. 1997.
Per the NBCP, a building will be considered dangerous, “whenever any portion thereof has been damaged by fire, earthquake, wind, flood or by any other cause, to such a degree that the structural strength or the stability thereof is materially less than it was before…” Moreover, the NBCP said that the local government officials; the Chief Executive and local Building Officials (CEO and the OBO) are mandated to ensure that all structures are safe for use.