PSHS Alumni Visit Central Visayas Campus Afer Destructive Quake

05 Dec 2013 10:56 PM | Mary Rose dela Cruz (Administrator)
An emergency trip was voluntarily made by two members of the Pisay alumni to the earthquake-ravaged Central Visayas Campus (CVisC) soon after the fateful day of 15 October 2013 when a 7.2 magnitude quake hit Bohol and Cebu. Dante del Rosario is a registered licensed architect from Batch’85, and Irwin Cafugauan of Batch’88 came as a representative of the PSHS Foundation Inc’s online donation portal, the Aghamroad.ph. The visit was intended to assist the school in its recovery, particularly from the damage sustained by the school buildings.

Arriving at the campus shortly after lunch on Tuesday, 22 October, CVisC Director Dr Warren Cordeta gave the two alumni volunteers a campus tour and briefed them about his plans concerning the status of the buildings vis-á-vis the post-earthquake situation in the local community. On top of his mind was to have the classrooms ready in time for the resumption of classes by 4 November.

An emergency trip was voluntarily made by two members of the Pisay alumni to the earthquake-ravaged Central Visayas Campus (CVisC) soon after the fateful day of 15 October 2013 when a 7.2 magnitude quake hit Bohol and Cebu. Dante del Rosario is a registered licensed architect from Batch’85, and Irwin Cafugauan of Batch’88 came as a representative of the PSHS Foundation Inc’s online donation portal, the Aghamroad.ph. The visit was intended to assist the school in its recovery, particularly from the damage sustained by the school buildings.

Arriving at the campus shortly after lunch on Tuesday, 22 October, CVisC Director Dr Warren Cordeta gave the two alumni volunteers a campus tour and briefed them about his plans concerning the status of the buildings vis-á-vis the post-earthquake situation in the local community. On top of his mind was to have the classrooms ready in time for the resumption of classes by 4 November.

After a thorough ocular inspection, the state of the school buildings made it immediately apparent to the two visiting alumni that their role would be to come up with the most appropriate design for temporary classrooms and to help arrive at a strategy to finance this project -- these to ensure that the PSHS CVisC may be ready on the aforementioned date of re-opening of classes.

The school’s resident engineer and ADTECH instructor collaborated with Dan to come up with the design for eight temporary classrooms that needed to be built on the campus grounds. Of highest consideration were the cost and durability of these classrooms, given the likelihood that it would take at least a year to get the academic buildings and girls' dormitory viable again.

Irwin, on his part as Aghamroad.ph emissary, found time to talk to Director Warren as to what assistance may be expected from the alumni in light of its ongoing fundraising initiatives. Over dinner, the Aghamroad.ph thrust of obtaining funders for educational projects under the PSHS System was introduced to the PSHS CVisC teaching staff, deeming that the endeavour to rebuild the campus under the prevailing circumstances is a right fit for its objectives.

Upon adjourning for the day, Dan took with him the preliminary basis for the temporary classrooms for further work.

With the design and engineering team of the campus, an improved and more cost-efficient design was produced the following day. The location of these structures in the campus grounds was scoped and comprehensively planned out, and by end of play of Day Two, the final working plan for these classrooms were completed.


Irwin Cafugauan, PSHS MC 1988
Dante CH del Rosario, PSHS MC 1985


Please see the site pictures, design of the makeshift classrooms and initial damage assessment in the accompanying report. PSHS-CVisC-DDR.pdf

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