QC intensifies building safety inspection

THE Quezon City government said more stringent inspection on buildings and other public places are being implemented  as more casualties are discovered at the earthquake stricken country of New Zealand.

Engineer Isagani Verzosa Jr., chief of the city’s Department of Building Official, disclosed that on a regular routine his personnel have inspected more than 900 buildings since last year. In the recent weeks buildings located in thickly populated and business areas were given priority for site visits. This includes Fairview Avenue (21 buildings), Mindanao Avenue (49 buildings), A.Bonifacio Avenue (64 buildings), General Luis Avenue, Novaliches (25 buildings), and EDSA (141 buildings).

He said areas of public convergence are also on a tight watch for signs of hairline cracks or weakening structure. These are schools, malls, public conveyance stations, churches and government offices.

“Old buildings are more dangerous, among other factors and considerations, that is why as engineers we scrutinize the occupancy worthiness of these structures,” Verzosa said. These structures are 10 years-old and above from date of construction.

Meanwhile, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista ordered earlier an inventory of buildings with more than 3-storey construction. A higher intensity of earth’s movement affects such structures.

Bautista warned that penalties will be imposed on non-compliant property owners and administrators.

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