Second violation notice eyed vs resort

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Friday, December 27, 2013

BACOLOD City Councilor Caesar Distrito has recommended that a second notice of violation and work stoppage be issued against Metro Safari Resort which has continuously defied the order of the Office of the Building Official (OBO).

Distrito, who is the chairman of the committee on laws, ordinances and good government, approved the committee report with regards to the alleged continuing defiance of Metro Safari Resort.

The report, which was endorsed last December 23, requested Metro Safari to enforce work stoppage and that Mayor Evelio Leonardia, through the City Legal Office, to do legal action to stop the continued defiance of the establishment.

During the second hearing, resort owner Francis Rey Cabuga, with his counsel Salvador Panelo, said they did not file an application for building permit, Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC), clearance from the Department of Agrarian Reform, and zoning clearance and permit as to the possession of several wild animals which is required by law.

“Their admission of continued construction without even a permit, and in fact, they did not file an application at all, is a clear violation of the New Building Code,” Distrito said.

“After the notice of violation was issued, refusal to comply with such is a clear defiance of the authority and a display of mockery and arrogance of our existing laws and regulations,” Distrito added.

“If the OBO and the City Government cannot compel them to obey the notice of violation, then we cannot expect that others will respect them anymore, no one is above the law and no one is allowed to show that they are on top,” the councilor said.

During the first hearing, Metro Safari was also requested to temporarily stop the ongoing construction as seen by Alangilan barangay officials and also by Councilor El Cid Familiaran.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 27, 2013.

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