Despite lack of permits, Alangilan resort continues-A A +A
Friday, December 6, 2013
AKANGILAN village chief Rodrigo Jagunap and councilmen Donald Alimpalo and Alex Sausi confirmed Thursday that there were initial construction works within the six-hectare property purchased by the Metro Safari Resort.
This, despite their non-compliance with the required permits and clearances from concerned government agencies.
Jagunap said they are waiting for the representatives of Office of the Building Official (OBO) to serve the notice of work stoppage as recommended by Councilor Caesar Distrito, chairman of the City Council committee on laws, ordinances and good government, who conducted a public hearing relative to the complaint filed by Sausi and Alimpalo.
The three Alangilan officials said they are not anti-development.
In fact, they welcome such development in the hinterlands of Alangilan, they said.
They said, however, that resort owner Francis Rey Cabuga should not be above the law and should respect the agencies of government that issue clearances and permits for their commercial operation.
"We truly welcome investors in our barangay because it will help pump prime our economy through employment and taxes. Many people would come and visit Alangilan and many of the local products can be marketed and bought by people coming to the place,” Jagunap said.
He added that they just want the owner to show his willingness to follow the requisites of the law by complying with the requirements.
“What they are doing right now is illegal and I have seen it that they started construction works in their area," he said.
The requirements include a building permit from the OBO, Environmental Compliance Certificate from the Environmental Management Bureau-Regional Office 6, City Planning and Development Office certification, resolution of favorable endorsement from the barangay, and Department of Agrarian Reform conversion clearances.
Jagunap said the owner should obtain a DAR clearance for the conversion of the agricultural land they are occupying to an eco-tourism land classification.
“We will push for the work stoppage until such time the owners can obtain their permits and clearances. They should show respect to the barangay on this matter,” he added.
Alimpalo said the land conversion should be complied first before the Barangay Council can act on their endorsement.
Former village chief and now councilman Deggie Tanista said it is alright for Metro Safari Resort to continue the construction works despite the lack of permits because there are also other structures being built in Alangilan in areas classified as agricultural.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 06, 2013.