OBO head: SM expansion doesn’t need another permit-A A +A
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
ENGINEER Isidto Sun, head of the Office of the Building Official of Bacolod City, explained the expansion project of SM City Bacolod for its North Wing already has a valid building permit which the first contractor paid at the graduated rates starting at P23 per square meter.
Thus, the interior structural works to be done by Mainstream Business Inc. is considered as renovation only which he assessed for a building fee of P5 per square meters, he said.
The graduated rates starting at P23 per square meters cannot be charged again because it had already been paid by the first contractor, Sun added.
This was reiterated by Sun after criminal and administrative complaints were hurled against him and Building Inspector Jose Maria Makilan before the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas for violation of the Revised Penal Code and Anti- Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
The complaint was filed by Sharon Gayanelo, Cary Memoria and Glenda Pajes, in-charge of the OBO Architectural Section, Structural Section and Plumbing and Sanitary Section, respectively, on October 30. It involves the application of Mainstream Business Inc. on June 25 for a business permit for the expansion of Building B of the North Wing of SM City Bacolod.
The three officials said they filed criminal complaint against Sun and Makilan for violation of Paragraph 2 of Article 171 of the Revised Penal Code, when they falsified a computation sheet for the building permit fees of Mainstream “by causing it to appear that we participated in re-processing and re-computing the building permit fees when in fact we did not.”
They added that Sun and Makilan also violated Section 3 (e) of R.A. 3019, when they arbitrarily reduced the building permit fees of Mainstream from the original computation of P894,280 to only P195,780 without their knowledge and consent as section heads, which are needed in the usual course of their office procedure for the transaction to be deemed regular.
The complainants said that such actions of Sun and Makilan gave unwarranted benefits to Mainstream in the form of substantially reduced building fees, which deprived the City Government of the proper amount of building fees, and was, thus, “injured” by it.
By their manifest partiality and evident bad faith in re-processing and re-computing the building permit fees of Mainstream, the City Government was deprived of the differential amount of P698,500 between what was originally assessed at P894,280 and the P195,780 that was eventually paid by the contractor, they said.
The transaction was clearly and grossly disadvantageous to Bacolod, the complainants added.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on November 06, 2013.