By NITZ ARANCON
ARMY soldiers yesterday demolished a 46-year old building at the City Central School yesterday, the start of the week-long “Brigada Eskuwela” program of the Department of Education (Deped) here.
The building was the old library of the most populated public school in northern Mindanao.
Principal Arnold Tejero said the Deped decided to have the old library demolished because the old library was already a fire hazard.
Tejero said the building was constructed in 1970–it housed a library and the first office of the City Schools Division office.
He said the building, although old, did not qualify as as heritage building. Based on the law, a building can become a heritage site is it is 50 years and older.
The Deped’s “Brigada Eskuwela” started yesterday and would be carried out until June 4.
Many soldiers, police officers, teachers, students and their parents, among others, took part during the first day of the massive clean-up campaign here. Classes at public schools are expected to start on June 13, a day after Independence Day.
Tejero said the City Central School’s main problem is still the lack of classrooms. He said the school would make each classroom available for two classes, and it would resort to a shifting scheme.