City official to OBO: Resolve your conflicts-A A +A
Friday, September 27, 2013
BACOLOD City Councilor Caesar Distrito, City Council chairman of the committee on laws, ordinances and good government, urged Office of the Building Officials (OBO) officer-in-charge (OIC) Isidro Sun and his section heads to get their acts together and resolve the rift among them.
This was stressed by Distrito as he said he is drafting a committee report related to the controversies that hounded OBO, which prompted him to call for a public hearing.
Distrito said other than the issue on alleged extortion and bribery activities by personnel of the said office, their OIC and section heads have shown indifference that resulted in the “miscalculation” of fees for the building permit of a mall at the reclamation area.
Distrito said Sun should initiate a move to resolve whatever indifference between him and his section heads.
He said his public hearing uncovered the conflict between Sun and the section heads which was evident in the computation of the supposed fees for the permit of the repair/renovation of SM City Bacolod.
The councilor said he has received communications from the lawyers of SM Prime Holdings Corporation that the company will pay whatever the exact computation for its building permit.
“SM will pay the necessary fees asked from them as long as it is according to what is prescribed under the law,” Distrito said. He also noted the need for a more transparency on the activities of OBO and for the employees or personnel to follow the “Anti-Red Tape” Law.
Six section heads of OBO questioned the “recomputation” on the fees they had earlier computed for the permit of SM and asked why they were never consulted by Sun when he lowered the fees due by SM from P895,000 to only P195,000.
During the public hearing, Sun and the section heads argued on the basis on how much per square meter should the city charge SM.
Sun insisted on charging SM P5 per square meter on the first five thousand square meter property that was renovated while the section heads citing the old building code insisted it should had been P23 per square meter.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 27, 2013.