Tzu Chi school building
materials arrive in IKA
By: Rey Anthony H. Chiu
CORTES, Bohol, June 9 (PIA) – Construction materials for the 15 classrooms which Infant King Academy in Cortes town arrived, a day before the classes formally open for this parochial school some 10 kilometers from Tagbilaran City.
Whether the modular steel building components which arrives June 8 could altogether be erected in lieu of the classrooms which the October 15 earthquake rendered unusable, high school principal Margarita Lomod was certain the more than 500 students the school enrolled in the past weeks would have a room to stay, albeit, temporary.
The school reopens its gates on Monday, June 9.
As early as Sunday morning, IKA administration called parents to help offload the modular metal frame which would be used of the school’s 15 buildings.
The containerized van with the materials arrived a little before lunch and the offloading started immediately after, Lomod, who was in to receive the shipment attested.
It may be recalled that IKA Cortes occupies the two storey convent, located at the back part of the Holy Child Parish in Cortes.
A building constructed in the late 18th century by Augustinian Recollects, the Cortes parish Church and convent survived major earthquakes in Bohol until that devastating tremor in October 15, 2013.
The earthquake, possibly the strongest that ever shook the town and the province in the past decade, toppled the entire portico façade of the Cortes Church, crumbled its gospel and epistle wings and rendered at least two classrooms permanently useless.
Along with the earthquake damage was a two-classroom alumni hall at the back of the church which was buried in coral stone tablets from the church’s epistle side wall.
While the school used temporary learning centers right after the quake, a more reliable building was in order.
Few days later, a Buddhist organization called TzuChi Foundation aired intent in helping Bohol schools stand back.
TzuChi Foundation offered 15 buildings of modular steel, and we were more that happy to get into the agreements.
The school then sought volunteers to initially build 18,000 concrete bricks to form the flooring of the temporary but rigid structures.
Lomod, who was visibly elated said the school would be indebted to the Buddhist Foundation and thanks the Tzu Chi Foundation for the gift.
Who would even think they were that serious, she asked meaning the foundation. But when the materials arrived, she now has nobody to explain to why IKA got the donations.
The pre-fabricated modular steel components of the 15 new building donations could well be priced at about P80,000 for a single building, observers said. (mbcn/rahc/PIA7-Bohol)