Mayor vows BGC clean up-A A +A
Thursday, September 12, 2013
AFTER the Office of the Building Official (OBO), comes the entire house.
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella said on Wednesday that he will try to clean up the “whole house,” apparently referring to local government offices and departments at the Bacolod Government Center (BGC), after what he had tagged as a shameful incident last Sept. 3 involving an OBO personnel who was entrapped by the National Bureau of Investigation for allegedly receiving “grease money”.
The apparent irregularity involving the OBO has been there and in fact, said the mayor, he had warned all City Government offices and departments when he assumed office on July 1 that they should perform well.
He knows how to reward and also knows how to punish those who do wrong, said the local chief executive.
Puentevella said the irregularity at OBO has started in 1995, according to the complainant himself, who is a private firm contractor.
The mayor said that is what he promised OBO -- he will give them an incentive package if they do well. And that is his message to everyone working with the city government, he said.
“If they do bad, you'll have to go. I'm sorry that this has to happen. I have to bite the bullet and repair the house that has been there from nine to 12 years," he said.
It is not easy for him to step on the toes of people, but he has to do his job, he said.
Affidavits, position papers
Meanwhile, Bacolod Councilor Caesar Distrito said his committee will set another hearing after they have looked into the affidavits and position papers submitted to them, especially because there was another issue raised about the computation on the permit of a contractor of SM Primeholdings, Inc.
Distrito said he has received documents that showed that the building permit of Mainstream Business Inc., SM’s contractor, was reduced from P800,000 to P195,000.
Copies of the documents were also distributed to the media Wednesday.
He asked OBO acting head Isidro Sun Jr, why he revised the previous computation that was made and even lowered the amount.
Distrito said he also noticed that the computation in the documents submitted to him had erasures using liquid eraser and the computation of P25 per square meters was reduced to P5 per square meters.
Sun said he reduced the payment because the previous contractor had already secured a building permit.
They are supposed to have nothing to pay because they have already secured one. But the contractor insisted that they are being required by SM to secure a permit.
Sun said the computation for a new construction is P25 per square meters.
But the computation for the interior of the establishment was supposed to be already included in the main building, he said.
However, all his division heads including the former head of the OBO, Ephraim Hechanova, said that is not correct and Mainstream Business Inc. should secure a permit.
Hechanova said that under the law, any interior renovation or other improvements inside an establishment will need another permit.
Distrito said they will ask the contractor of SM to submit a position paper on the issue.
They will also require Sun to explain why he made some erasures in the computation without informing the engineers who made the estimates.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 12, 2013.