MINERD promotes work to reduce the seismic vulnerability of school buildings


Puerto Plata.- The Ministry of Education of the Dominican Republic (MINERD) will implement a comprehensive program to ensure the correction of structural defects that weaken school buildingsas well as for those who are going to be built to respect the technical and design studies necessary to avoid tragedies in the face of seismic events.

The statement was made by the Minister of Education, Ángel Hernández, leaving the symposium open “Schools resilient to seismic events: issues in the national context”which takes place from this Thursday until tomorrow Friday in the extension of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) in the city of Puerto Plata.

“There is a commitment to start this work to ensure that schools have the necessary safety, for the well-being of children and their communities”said Minister Hernández in this regard.

He also specified that the MINERD and the National Office for Seismic Assessment and Vulnerability of Infrastructures and Buildings (ONESVIE), headed by the geological engineer Leonardo Reyes Madera, accepted launch an error correction process in schoolsespecially in those located near the seismic fault of the North zone.

“The situation of these buildings has been identified; now it is up to him to make the corrections of the place and to avoid that there are tragic events”underlined the Minister of Education.

“If there’s one thing that should concern us all, it’s child safety”he pointed out.

For his part, Reyes Madera expressed that the symposium seeks, among other things, to motivate policies that aim to build better school buildings for student safetysince the priority is to preserve the life and physical integrity of the citizens and, in the particular case, of the teaching family.

The symposium also discusses experiences, visions and institutional strategies of countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and the Dominican Republic which have obtained positive results in reducing the vulnerability of school buildings to seismic events. Likewise, the twenty-ninth anniversary of the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that struck Puerto Plata in the early hours of September 22, 2003 is commemorated.

The event, which It promotes work in a coordinated manner and the optimization of resources to move forward as quickly as possible towards a scenario of security and resilience in the face of seismic events., presents interventions by Fernando Taveras, Director of School Buildings of the Ministry of Education (MINERD); Milagros Nanita, Director of the Diplomatic and Consular Training Institute of Higher Education of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MIREX), as well as Wascar García, Director of Civil Defense, Puerto Plata Delegation.

In addition, there will be a panel led by engineers Juan Chalas, from the Dominican Society of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (SODOSÍSMICA); Ramón Delanoy, from the National Seismology Center (CNS-UASD), and Norberto José Rojas Mercedes, from the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC).

Visit to Regional 11

Minister Ángel Hernández took the opportunity to hold a meeting with the deputy director of Region 11 of Puerto Plata, Yojeli Hurtado, and the seven district directors who make up this regional, where various topics of interest to the educational community were discussed. At the meeting, each principal presented the needs of their school district.

Minister Hernández urged district directors to focus on the pedagogical processes that take place in classrooms and integrate the whole educational society to seek solutions.

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