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3 hurt as multipurpose hall collapses in CDO

November 07, 2019 - Thursday 6:11 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image COLLAPSED. Construction worker Rovidico Manueza takes a look at the P5.6 million covered court that collapsed injuring three construction workers in Cagayan de Oro City. JIGGER J. JERUSALEM

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Three persons were hurt when a P5.6-million multipurpose building collapsed in Barangay Bonbon here late Tuesday afternoon, officials said Wednesday (Nov. 6).

Officials identified the injured victims as Arjel Gallan, 22; Ronnie Miñoza, 26; and Wilson Berja, 27, all construction workers from Salay town, Misamis Oriental.

Lope Matildo, Bonbon village councilor and the acting barangay chairman, said he received reports that the structure, which is still under construction, has caved in around 5 p.m.

Matildo said it appeared that the steel bars used were not sturdy enough and gave way when workers brought in about 105 galvanized iron sheets to the top portion of the structure to be installed as the building’s roofing.

He said the covered court was constructed under the initiative of 1st District Rep. Rolando Uy. Construction was started on June 6, 2019 and is 80 percent complete.

The Department of Public Works and Highways in Region 10 identified the contractor as AT Builder and General Merchandize.

Rovidico Manueza, one of the workers, said about 10 of his companions began bringing the roofing materials to the top of the structure when the metal trusses collapsed. The steel posts were also bent when the trusses fell down.

Manueza said Berja sustained the most serious injury as his leg was reportedly hit by falling steel bars.

“He was on the ground helping in the lifting of the G.I. sheets when the structure collapsed,” he said, adding that it was not yet known if his legs would be amputated due to the impact of the fallen metal trusses.

Vinnah Jeanne Maghinay, DPWH-10 information officer, said a team composed of engineers from the agency and AT Builder representatives had already conducted a joint inspection and investigation on the incident.

“We are still waiting for the result of the investigation so we will know the recommendation of our engineers,” she said.

Based on initial information gathered, Maghinay said it was found out that the steel trusses have not yet been welded purposely to allow any adjustments that will have to be made. PNA