By By Fernan A. Gianan
LGUs to do infra audit of public buildings
posted 1-Jul-2019  ·  
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Virac Mayor Samuel Laynes will be rendering his Local Chief Executive’s Final Report on his three-year term this June 27, 2019 at 8 A.M. at the CSU Auditorium.

Considering his surprising defeat in the May 13, 2019 local elections, Mayor Laynes is probably the only chief executive in the island to deliver such a report ahead of the June 30 turnover.

He probably does not want to eclipse incoming Mayor Sinforoso Sarmiento’s first public appearance as political leader of the capital town.

Of course, Mayor Posoy certainly knows his performance in the next three years will be measured against the award-studded stint of his predecessor, including the numerous development projects and programs as well as over a billion pesos worth of infra projects for 2019.

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Prior to the June 20, 2019 nationwide earthquake drill, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has urged local government units to conduct an infrastructure audit in their respective areas to ensure public safety.

The prodding comes in the wake of the magnitude 6.1 temblor that rocked parts of Central Luzon and damaged buildings.

“Priority shall be given to audit facilities vital to local government operations, basic service delivery, and disaster response and relief operations such as public administration buildings (provincial, city, municipal, and barangay halls); structures used as evacuation centers; health facilities; roads and bridges; and water supply systems,” DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said.

However, he added that this should not preclude LGUs from appraising the structural integrity of other government-owned assets, taking into account the fact that all these should be periodically inspected for compliance to the National Building Code of the Philippines and the Fire Code of the Philippines.

The audit would be largely based on the tool developed by DILG in 2017 for such purpose, particularly with regards to includes structure assessment, possible hazards and methods of risk prevention and mitigation.

The infrastructure audit results are to be submitted by the LGUs to the DILG Provincial Offices which will forward them to DILG Regional Office concerned.

Among the qualifications for a building to be considered dangerous, based on the Building Code, is “whenever any portion thereof has been damaged by fire, earthquake, wind, flood or by any other cause, to such an extent that the structural strength or the stability thereof is materially less than it was before the catastrophe and is less than the minimum requirements of the Code.”

Considering that almost all of the municipal engineering offices in the island province are essentially one-man outfits, except perhaps for the capital town, the municipal engineers would need the assistance of either the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) Catanduanes Chapter or the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Catanduanes Engineering Office to do the infra audit.

A GUEST GOES SUNBATHING. A lady was on a business trip. Since she was so tense from all the meetings, she decided she would go to the roof of the hotel she was staying in and sunbathe to help her relax. She went to the top of the hotel, stripped down, and laid herself face down on the roof.

After about an hour of sunbathing, she heard someone come on the roof. It was the manager of the hotel.

He said, "Excuse me, miss, but do you mind sunbathing somewhere else?"

"Why?" asked the lady. "I'm on top of the hotel. Nobody can see me!"

"True", the man replied, " But you are lying on the sunroof above the dining room."


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