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Santo Domingo.- The Government evaluates thousands of public schools that were affected by the spate of quakes in the last few days, to determine if their structures need reinforcing, affirmed the technical director of the Seismic Evaluation and Infrastructure and Buildings Vulnerability Office (ONESVIE).

Andres de la Cruz called the construction of the country’s public schools a “deficient model” copied from other countries where those structures have collapsed. “One of the problems which most of the models of schools we’re speaking of have, is that they were copied from Latino countries, but experience has already shown that where they have earthquakes, have collapsed, they’ve failed.”

He noted that several school buildings in Puerto Plata collapsed a few years ago.

Utility also vulnerable

Interviewed in the Telesistema program El Dia, De la Cruz revealed that the State-owned Power Companies (CDEEE) asked to evaluate its main building, and it was determined that it’s vulnerable and needs a complete reinforcement. “It has vulnerabilities and has two options to reinforce it: reinforced concrete, and the other a metallic structure. If reinforced it’s with reinforced concrete, we would have to build 40cm thick, L shape walls in each corner of the building, to assure it doesn’t have problems with a considerable earthquake.”

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17 comment(s)
Written by: watcher48, 31 Jan 2012 10:23 AM
From: United States, Omnipresence
..And so, it begins.....
Written by: RobertoJose, 31 Jan 2012 10:40 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island.....Don't sing it, just bring it !!!!
Get da F%$@#! out uv here!!!! The metro is more impOtant, screw the schools and the kids in them, so what if the electrical company implodes, we will build a new one....after the metro is built of course and only then we can spend monies on something meaningless like schools and such....

A dominican never locks his/her door, only when the family is held at gun point.... then is too late.
Written by: RoyStone, 31 Jan 2012 10:48 AM
From: Australia
"A dominican never locks his/her door" are you kidding?
Many houses here would rival Fort Knox.
Written by: RoyStone, 31 Jan 2012 11:16 AM
From: Australia
Hundreds die every month from road accidents, yet this country can't or won't enforce simple road-rules to save lives.
Enforce quake-resistant building codes, on the probability that a big one might hit somewhere, sometime?
Ha ha ha!
Written by: abc200, 31 Jan 2012 11:43 AM
From: United Kingdom, Dominican Republic
Very responsible. ; commendable.

UK residents remember a disaster:

Ideally in tropical countries prone to earthquakes schools should be lightweight structures built from bamboo etc.

I can rememeber in the UK having lessons in a tent while they investigated the safety of a hastily built school I attended.

I am sure that children,s education need not suffer while they investigate safety of buildings and if necessary round up corrupt architects for prison etc. and sue different commanies for criminality in not building to the correct codes.

Written by: RobertoJose, 31 Jan 2012 11:44 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island.....Don't sing it, just bring it !!!!

that to...the metro is a good example.. The metro is not a necessity, its a privilege. It should be a reward to the people and government by the president for helping create a better DR, but, noooooooooooo... our Realtor of a president thinks of himself and the monies he collects for putting these deals together and forgets he has an island to manage.
Written by: zooma, 31 Jan 2012 11:46 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

Maybe they were copied from other countries but it does not dismiss the responsibility of the government to contract for construction services and materials that would be designed to withstand a moderate quake.

As usual the government does not take on responsibilty and transfers its faults to other countries models. The truth is they don't give a heck, as long as some of the poor construction funding for the schools is lining their pockets or those of hack friends. Insufficient funding creates insufficient construction.

Written by: ings0389, 31 Jan 2012 12:22 PM
From: United States

Dude, Im saying, dominicans live in pure lockdown... there's no feeling of free in the DR like there is in the US. Here people don't have fences, and the front doors are unlocked. The cars are open with the key in the ignition, you could never do that in the DR. That's what I'm saying, I think you mean in the DR people live in prison cells, while in the US people leave their doors open.
I think that a subway is a necessary part of a city. Now, I do agree that in the case of the Dominican Republic, a subway wasn't a first priority, and it certainly wasn't made based on the necessities of the population. They did it to have millions of dollars in earnings by over evaluating the cost of the materials. I totally agree with you on that one. But I sure hope you were being sarcastic on what you said about the schools and the kids.
There is really no hope with either of the candidates going for pesidency, because when Leonel won the first time, he left the dollar USD 1= RD 17
Written by: ings0389, 31 Jan 2012 12:25 PM
From: United States
Then came Hipolito and put it USD 1= RD 60 or better say sixty something! Ever since, the dollar has been a struggle, because now they think they can have fun with it and benefit only the merchants, make the rich people richer, and have the poor people be poorer
Written by: ings0389, 31 Jan 2012 12:25 PM
From: United States
Then came Hipolito and put it USD 1= RD 60 or better say sixty something! Ever since, the dollar has been a struggle, because now they think they can have fun with it and benefit only the merchants, make the rich people richer, and have the poor people be poorer
Written by: Atabey, 31 Jan 2012 12:28 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Obey the rules of modernity and professionalism or suffer the grave consequences to follow.

I hope the people of DR realize the seriousness of the problem and correct what needs correction before we end up with many undue deaths. Strong code enforcement, severe penalties for violators AND STRONG EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH to help establish the necessity for safety code obligation. A zero tolerance commitment.
Written by: RobertoJose, 31 Jan 2012 1:12 PM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island.....Don't sing it, just bring it !!!!
My father used to say to me " El que me robas es un ladron". So why wait till it happens, is what I'm saying and about the school and kids, It's only an reenactment of the mentalities we have running this ship.

Written by: poponlaburra, 1 Feb 2012 3:58 AM
From: Dominican Republic,
Let me guess.....the goverment will inspect only the capital buildings ignoring the Cibao specially Santiago which is the one prone to strong earthqakes....I put my hand on fire.

Santiago's schools were damaged after Haiti's earthquake, the goverment ignored that, did not retrofit the buildings, students and teachers were panicking.

Written by: Pascuala, 1 Feb 2012 11:22 PM
From: United States
I belief that schools are some of the most fundamental institutions of any nation. Therefore, Dominican Republic governmental oficialsshould start thinking that education come first and that it is an intrinsic neccesity for our future generations. D.R. infrastruture has gone a long way,
and the city looks much better than 20 years ago. However, the same effort should be put into building new schools and improvement of our schools systems as well.

Written by: RoyStone, 1 Feb 2012 11:35 PM
From: Australia
perhaps you have not been following the many discussions regarding education on Dominican Today. I think I am right in saying there is general agreement that the government does not give education the priority it needs, which translate to inadequate funding. However there is a view by some readers (including myself) that this is understandable in a democracy since Dominicans in general do not place a high priority on education. There has also been much discussion emanating from the view that parents have as much, if not more, responsibility for the education of their children and are therefore as much to blame for the sorry state of education as is the government.
I hope that helps you.
Written by: RoyStone, 1 Feb 2012 11:37 PM
From: Australia
RobertoJose, "why wait till t happens" indeed.
You are forgetting the Dominican motto:
"Don't do today what you can put off until tomorrow, and don't put off until tomorrow what you can put it off altogether"
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