Alangilan councilmen file complaint vs resort owner

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Monday, January 6, 2014


THREE Alangilan councilmen filed a complaint before the City Prosecutor’s Office against the owner and four other staff of Metro Safari resort on Friday.

Alangilan councilmen Donard Alimpolo, Alex Sausi and Roy Retiza filed a complaint before the City Prosecutor’s Office against Metro Safari resort owner Francis Rey Cabuga and his associate Eddie Hechanova, spouses Teddy and Ma. Lucia Lizares, and Bonifacio Cahilig Jr.

The councilmen said the Cabuga and the four others committed violation of Presidential Decree 1096 for constructing facilities without the required building permit, and violation of Republic Act 8435 for premature or illegal conversion of land without an approved order of conversion from the Department of Agrarian Reform.

They said that despite the notice of violation and work stoppage order issued by the Office the Building Official and orders by Mayor Monico Puentevella and the City Council, Metro Safari never ceased from doing construction works.

The three said Cabuga did not apply for any permit. They said concrete posts that serve as a foundation of a huge structure are already erecting at the site, excavation works are being done, and deliveries of construction materials are continuing each day.

“The owner has shown his stubbornness in following the law where various concerned agencies of the government have already informed him that he needs to secure first permits and clearances,” they added.

They said the permits should be secured from the city's Office of the Building Official, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agrarian Reform, among others, before he proceeds with the construction of his resort at Barangay Alangilan.

In June 11, 2013, Cabuga has written former Alangilan village chief Degie Tanista, informing that he plans to put up a resort with a zoo, clubhouse, swimming pools, camping site, playground, rentable cottages and picnic huts.

Cabuga said he wants to contribute to the tourism industry of Bacolod and be an instrument to the education of children as well as adults in the appreciation of zoo animals.

He also wanted to help foster the creation of more jobs and meaningful employment for the local community of Alangilan.

The three councilmen said they also support the project, but they stressed that Cabuga should follow the law prior to the construction of his resort. (CNC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 06, 2014.

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