who's to blame?
04.25.2010 28 °C
6:45PM, 24 April - I.T. park Lahug Cebu City. I was on my lunch break enjoying a rice topped snack when I heard Fire Department's Siren. I thought it was just another fire that broke down the city but the sirens were getting louder and it seemed like its heading towards me. In just a matter of seconds, fire trucks were already passing infront of where I stood. It made a left turn at Skyrise 1 and headed straight to Skyrise 2. I was too occupied with the spicy flavored food I was eating so I didn't bother checking where the fire was.
I was running late so I headed back to the office to finish my work. After few minutes, my colleague came and brought a shocking news. The under constructed building of Aegis Peoplesupport who is standing just right next to Skyrise 1 & 2 (where our office is at) collapsed from the 3rd storey down to its basement. There were 2 workers who got injured but its still unconfirmed if there were fatalities of the incident. I ran to the back window to take a look at the site. I could not see the entire construction site but I could see some fallen debris, some dislocated fences, there were dust all over the place and people sorrounding the area looking at the fallen building. I could not see ambulance, I only see fire trucks as well as police car. They may have already taken the injured workers to the hospital.
I somehow thanked God that it happened while the building was still under construction. Had it happened while its already standing and employees are already occupying the building then it would have to be a unforgetable tragedy in cebu. We're lucky that the building itself has exposed its weak foundation so that engineers would be more careful in re-constructing it.
I heard people blaming Aegis because they may have done some cost cutting in financing the construction just like what they usually do that's why it resulted to this incident - But I think its the construction company (constructor) is the one that should be blamed. Aegis may have had some lapses in choosing the right constructor but this all boils down as to how the engineers planed this project. Well, we could blame anybody involve in this project but fact is, all we could do is wait for reports since this incident is still under investigation.
I just passed by the constuction site few minutes ago and it seems like its not exactly the entire floor that collapsed. It's somewhere in the middle of the building that fell down but the canopies and columns are still intact. Its like only 1/4 of it was damaged. Its not as bad as I thought it was...