A group of education workers on Wednesday called on the Department of Education (DepEd) to suspend all school activities in areas affected by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake which struck Abra and was felt in several parts of Luzon.
In a statement, Alliance of Concerned Teachers President Vladimer Quetua said schools needed a quick response from DepEd, Department of Public Works and Highways and local government units for necessary repairs and alternate plans for holding in-person classes.
“The DepEd should suspend physical enrollment and face-to-face remedial/enrichment classes, and inspect all school buildings for safety before resuming school activities,” Quetua said.
“We hope the DepEd can act immediately before an accident occurs,” he added.
DepEd spokesman Michael Poa said earlier that several schools in Abra showed cracks after the quake.
Poa said their regional offices continue to monitor the situation in the quake-affected areas.
He said, however, that there were no reported casualties yet among learners, teaching staff or DepEd staff.
The earthquake hit Tayum, Abra at 8:43 a.m. causing landslides and damaged structures in many parts of Luzon.
Aftershocks and damage were expected, but there was no tsunami threat, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.
The strong earthquake killed at least four people and injured 60 others. —BM, GMA News