AFTER not being used for three years because the caretaker found bullets believed to have come from the nearby firing range of Camp Crame, the West Crame Elementary School was opened in San Juan City yesterday.
Mayor Francis Zamora led the opening of the P48.3-million public school funded through the Priority Development Assistance Fund of his father, Rep. Ronaldo Zamora.
The four-story school building with 20 classrooms and a rooftop basketball court remained idle since its completion in 2015, depriving at least 600 students of the facility.
With the opening of the school, students from Barangay West Crame who have to enroll in nearby schools in Quezon City, could now transfer and continue their education at the new school.
The school, around 50 meters away from the PNP firing range in Camp Crame, was not used for three years fpr safety reasons.
Stray bullets believed to have come from the firing range were reportedly found within the vicinity of the campus, posing danger to students as well as the residents in the area.
Zamora told reporters that he and his father visited PNP chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde two weeks ago when the country’s top cop reiterated that the school is safe to use.
The city mayor said then PNP chief and now Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa and Education Secretary Leonor Briones issued a certificate declaring that the school is safe to use.
The school is facing the back perimeter wall of Camp Crame. A solid-metal retaining wall that sits on top of the camp’s concrete wall is of the same height as the school’s second floor.
Albayalde, according to Zamora, assured that the precautions installed in 2017 will be added to ensure the safety of students.
The PNP chief has also suspended for the meantime the use of the firing range to pave the way for the installation of the additional retaining wall, Zamora added.