ZAMBOANGA CITY (MDN Mindanao News digital, June 24) – Nine were injured as students having class at a covered court scampered for safety when suddenly the roof of said structure in Barangay Sinubong collapsed Monday morning.
Joel San Juan Garcia, school principal of Sinubong National High School identified some of those students who were hurt namely Michaela Martinez, Radzmi Jainal, Mica Macaso, Shaina Alipan and Jenelyn Ebag – all of them are Grade 9 students of said school.
Garcia said the covered court is used as temporarily classroom for Grade 9 students and they were having their class when the incident occured at around 8:30 in the morning.
He said the students heard a sudden loud cracking sound afterwhich followed by the collapse of the covered court roofing. “The teacher and students first heard a loud creaking sound and the students and teacher ran away for their safety.”
Sinubong National High School is about 26 kilometers from the city proper and there was heavy downpour before it collapsed. This was maybe the reason that it collapsed because of the heavy pounding of rain water on the roof.
There were over 50 students holding classes at the covered. Luckily, the rest of them were all safe and only nine got injured.
Since the class’s assigned classroom has leaky roofings, they were forced to transfer at the covered court unaware that a tragedy would happen.
“I rushed outside my room barefoot and shouting at the students to run away because the ceiling was falling down,” says Leida Peñaflorida when she heard a loud creaking coming from the covered court, and she saw students shocked and they scampered for safety.
She said the roof was slowly falling down, so that only very few were hurt. If it fell so fast, she said, many of them would have been hurt.
Those who were injured were immediately rushed to the Labuan District Hospital for treatment.
An immediate investigation conducted by the municipal engineer showed faulty-welded trusses that may have lead to the collapse of the roofing.
Navarro said the city engineering office would conduct an investigation whether the roofing was not constructed by the contractor based on the specified design and requirements. ###
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