LOOK: Bamboo, not steel, used in destroyed school building

Posted at 05/27/14 7:28 PM

Photo by ABS-CBN News Tacloban

PALO, Leyte -- A school building in Palo, Leyte that was destroyed by typhoon "Yolanda" was found to have been reinforced with bamboo, instead of steel bars.

Many sought shelter at the San Joaquin Central School in Palo at the height of the typhoon. Many died in the area.

Steel is used to reinforce concrete buildings, but ABS-CBN News found bamboo used instead in the school building.

An official of Department of Education (DepEd) in Eastern Visayas said school principals are in charge of the construction of school buildings.

The current school principal in San Joaquin, however, claimed that he was not aware of the project, as he was only appointed after the typhoon last December.

He added that there were also no documents left behind regarding the project because everything was destroyed in the typhoon.

There were also no records to identify who was in charge of the construction of the building. -- report from Ranulfo Docdocan, ABS-CBN News Tacloban

Photo by ABS-CBN News Tacloban