Beach resort opens without permit-A A +A
Monday, April 21, 2014
Villa Iska, a beach resort in Barangay Punta Taytay, Bacolod City, opened last April 17 to 20 in Barangay Punta Taytay despite the absence of a business permit, said former village chief Rufino Alcala.
Alcala said the resort, which was developed by Mushroom Realty Development Corp. and owned by businessman Rey Francis Cabuga, also lacks permits for the construction of the two swimming pools and other facilities.
The City Environment and Natural Resources (Cenro) has found the resort encroaching in the foreshore area by 33 meters.
The resort management issued fliers that reads, “experience the fragrant breeze and tranquility of the sea beyond your imagination.” The resort opens daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. with an entrance fee of P150 for four years old and above and P75 for three years old and below.
According to the management, they are doing a dry run of the resort operation.
Alcala said that whether it is a dry run or not, it is still an operation. “The problem is they don’t have a business permit and other permits from the Office of the Building Official, Office of the City Mayor, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, among others.”
Alcala said the management has not ceased from completing the development despite the call for them to stop the construction because of lack of permits after a public hearing was conducted by the City Council.
Council Caesar Distrito, chairman of the City Council Committee Chair on Laws and Good Government, said the resort operation is “a clear defiance of our law, an insult to the SP, a slap on the face of the city mayor and other city officials as the mayor had just announced a campaign against establishments without business permits.”
“This is a clear mockery of our rules. He is trying to prove that he is untouchable and someone who can do what he wants to do,” Distrito said.
Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya said the resort management will be required to explain the basis of their operation.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 21, 2014.