OBO ‘controversy’ hearing set today-A A +A
Monday, September 23, 2013
THE City Council Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government, chaired by Councilor Caesar Distrito, will conduct another round of public hearing today, September 23, to seek clarification on another controversy that hounded the Office of the Building Official (OBO).
Distrito said the hearing covers the complaints raised by section heads of the OBO against its officer-in-charge, Isidro Sun, on the alleged alterations made on the fees computed for the building permit application for interior repairs of a private contractor of a mall at Reclamation Area.
Documents had indicated that the building permit fee of Mainstream Business Inc., SM’s contractor, was reduced from P800,000 to only P195,000.
The councilor said he will ask Sun to explain why he revised the previous computation on the building permit of SM made by the OBO head he replaced in July, and even lowered the amount to about one-fourth of the original computation.
The revision on the building permit fee was questioned by section heads engineers Isaac Tipsay, Line and Grade Sections in-charge; Cary Memoria – Structural Section in-charge; Glenda Pajes – Plumbing and Sanitary Section in-charge; Antonio Guinanao – Mechanical Section in-charge; Jeffrey Bravo – Electrical Section in-charge; and architect Sharon Gayanelo – Architectural Section in-charge.
The OBO officials had written to Sun seeking an inquiry on his basis for the recomputation of the fees for the building permit for SM City. The section heads also wrote Public Works and Highways executive director, Emmanuel Cuntapay, inquiring about the appropriate basis of computation to be applied for the “interior renovation” of a new business structure.
They claimed that Sun had never answered back their inquiries despite the follow-up letter they had submitted. Distrito said they will summon in today’s hearing Sun, the complaining section heads, and the private contractor of SM City Bacolod, among others.
The committee of Distrito had also conducted a prior hearing also involving OBO that involved regular employee and two individuals who were caught in an entrapment operation by the National Bureau of Investigation Bacolod, for alleged extortion activity.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 23, 2013.