Baguio City Council to summon construction firm over collapsed road

Council to summon construction firm over collapsed road

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Council to summon construction firm over collapsed road

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

BAGUIO. A resident of a nearby condominium points to the collapsed road a danger to motorists and residents in the area. The City Council is set to call on representatives of Suntrust to shed light on the matter. (Milo Brioso)

THE Baguio City Council directed Megaworld Corporation to appear before the legislative body on May 22 and respond to complaints against them regarding an ongoing construction that led to collapsing of road in Gibraltar.

The council will decide if there is a need to cancel permits and stop the Megaworld’s construction of Suntrust 88 condo units.

The move was made by Councilor Edgar Avila who also sought to conduct cancellation proceedings of all permits issued once questions have been answered by the company.

Avila said the original construction permit issued by the City Buildings and Architecture Office was for six stories and same was issued prior to the enactment of the new Zoning Ordinance Numbered 63 Series of2016 which needs re-evaluation and to further conduct soil and other tests in the area.

“The Suntrust 88 project at Gibraltar Road, of Megaworld has caused the collapse of its wall for the nth time more or less, rebuilt five or more times, endangering not only the lives and properties of the adjoining community but also destroying the Gibraltar Road in front of the property. What is left of the road has nothing supporting it, so even one-way traffic is dangerous on such empty and eroded foundations, denying ingress and egress for the people,” said Avila.

Avila also underscored the efforts of residents to call the attention of the Suntrust 88 Megaworld Corporation on the broken culverts, severed sewage lines and destroyed roads.

“While Suntrust 88 Megaworld Corporation has obtained an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC), the number of trees felled for the project has been atrocious and its projected 400 units would not have adequate sources of water as even the residents themselves suffer from lack of water,” Avila quipped.

The alderman said a 400 unit condominium would require at least 400 parking spaces and the absence of parking slots would cause more vehicles competing for street space in the already crowded Mines View area.

Avila requested for a hearing by the Committee on Lands, Urban Planning regarding the building permit, the water and the parking viabilities of the company.

Last week, residents of along Gibraltar and Mines View reported another landslide within the construction of Suntrust.

Tower Condominium residents, sisters of the Good Shepherd Convent as well as residents in the area have opposed the expansion of the original six-story building as early as 2015 which they allege caused the collapse of the road and foul odor from a sewage pipe.

Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on May 17, 2017.

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