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Sotto: Building near cracks safe

August 25, 2021 Arlene Rivera 420 views

FOLLOWING cracks on Topaz Road near Ortigas Business District, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto on Thursday said all the buildings located near where the cracks appeared are safe.

“All buildings in the area are safe,” the mayor declared on a Facebook post.

“Our engineers noted that the foundation of the building within five meters has a foundation that is deeper than the adjacent excavation lot,” he explained.

Sotto said the damage to the drainage line, which is part of the original drainage system built in the 1960s, caused the erosion of the top soil of Topaz Road.

“The exact cause of the damage to the drainage line is still under investigation.”

According to the mayor, the Engineering and the Building personnel of the city have also inspected the adjacent excavation site and are looking into possible violations that may have caused complications.

“The private developer/contractor have expressed full cooperation and will help with needed rehab/repairs,” said Sotto.

On Tuesday morning (August 25), the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB) conducted an analysis using a ground penetrating radar.

The drainage line has been plugged and diverted to prevent further seepage, the mayor added.

“Our team has conducted a rapid assessment and planning , but we are also waiting for soil testing results before rehabilitation of the drainage and road. Also, the private contractor of the adjacent excavation site will reinforce their retaining wall to prevent any soil erosion,” he ended.

On August 22, the cracks on Topaz Road in Barangay San Antonio, Pasig that appeared between a construction site and a condominium building were first seen. It stretched up to 70 meters.