8 resorts slapped with violation notices-A A +A
Thursday, April 24, 2014
EIGHT beach resorts in Barangay Punta Taytay, Bacolod City were issued notices of violation by the Office of the Building Official (OBO) for lack of building permits, Engineer Isidro Sun, head of the OBO, confirmed Wednesday.
Those who were given notices were Villa Iska Beach Resort owned by Rey Francis Cabuga, as well as Palma 1 and Palma 2, Shelton, Villarosa, Alcala, and Horizon beach resorts. Also included is the beach resort owned by a priest.
“This is the initiative of my office to check these resorts because of the clamor against the beach resort of Mr. Cabuga. To be fair to all, I also checked the other structures if they have building permits. With this notice of violation, my office will require them to comply,” Sun said.
The opening of Villa Iska resort during the Holy Week break had been criticized after its owners failed to secure a building permit.
Sun said that the Alcala beach resort and Viewing Deck No. 7, owned by former village chief Rufino Alcala, have permits.
“We complied with the requirements of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and also by the city. But if Engineer Sun was referring to the structure built as the Negros Japan Training Center, it is not mine,” Alcala said.
Mayor Monico Puentevella had earlier said it is not fair to single out Cabuga because many of the establishments in the said barangay and even in the entire city have also failed to secure business and building permits.
Cabuga also failed to obtain a permit for his other business, the Metro Safari resort in Barangay Alangilan.
Former Punta Taytay councilman Isidro Lanaza had earlier urged Puentevella to enforce the closure of Villa Iska.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 24, 2014.