Raps eyed against OBO chief

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

ALANGILAN councilmen Donard Alimpolo, Alex Sausi and Roy Retiza have considered filing a criminal charge against Office of the Building Official (OBO) acting head Isidro Sun should he fail within five days to issue or serve the notice of work stoppage to Metro Safari Resort, which have yet secure the various permits for their project in the barangay.

"We will be compelled to file appropriate criminal complaint against Sun and all those people who are involved in these illegal acts, including resort owner Rey Francis Cabuga and the contractor,” they said.

The complaints will be for violation of Presidential Decree (PD) 1096 or the National Building Code, violation of Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and for abuse of authority.

They added that their request to stop the construction was made in accordance with the recommendation of the City Counil committee on laws and ordinances, unanimously approved by the Council, for the OBO to stop the construction of Metro Safari Resort.

They will be forced to seek redress before the court, they said, if their concerns remain unacted upon by the OBO office after the lapse of the period of five days.

They cited that under PD No. 1096, Chapter 3: Section 301, “No person, firm or corporation, including any agency or instrumentality of the government shall erect, construct, alter, repair, move, convert or demolish any building or structure or cause the same to be done without first obtaining a building permit from the OBO assigned in the place where the subject building is located or the building work is to be done."

Mayor Monico Puentevella ordered on Friday the Metro Safari Resort management to stop the construction work or any developmental activity in the area until such time they can obtain the due clearances and work permits.

However, Sun refuses to enforce such work stoppage order because he believes that there are no construction activities in the Metro Safari Resort.

"Unless I see a steel bar erected at the site, I cannot issue a work stoppage or else I will be technically charge," he said.

Construction workers were still working at the site Friday afternoon, and heavy equipment, steel bars, sand, and construction workers’ makeshift are present in the area.

Sun said all these are not proof that there is a construction activity in the area. (CNC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 07, 2013.

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