Monday, December 17, 2018

OBO issues work stoppage order, notice of violation

THE Office of the Building Office (OBO) in Bacolod City on Wednesday served the work stoppage order and notice of violation to the Negros Occidental Provincial Government for the construction of the controversial Negros First Animal Hub at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan without building permit.

OBO head Engineer Isidro Sun Jr. said the letter was addressed to Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and it was served to his office at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City on Wednesday, April 25.

He said the Provincial Government was given three days to visit OBO and comply with the requirements as they violated Section 301 of National Building Code.

The order stated that no person, firm or corporation, including any agency or instrumentality of the government, shall construct alter, repair, convert, use, occupy, move, demolish and add any building/structure or any portion thereof or cause the same to be done without obtaining a building permit thereof from the OBO assigned in the place where the subject building is located or to be done.

Sun said that securing the building permit is free for the government agency and Capitol will only pay the fees charged by the Bureau of Fire Protection.

He said they will only lift the work stoppage order as soon they complied with the requirements.

Eva Blanco-Resoor, who claimed to be the supplier of the hub, had earlier said she takes full responsibility for the structure that did not go through a bidding process.

She said she started the construction of the animal hub in December last year.

Provincial Engineer Ernie Mapa confirmed that he received the “notice of violation” served at his office Wednesday afternoon by a representative from OBO.

Mapa said he did not open or read its content as he submitted it to the Office of the Governor, where the notice was addressed to.

Mapa clarified that his office has nothing to do with the construction of the animal hub because the building plan has not originated from his office but rather from the end user which is the Provincial Veterinary Office under Dr. Renante Decena.

“My office has nothing to do with the construction of the building,” he stressed.

The governor had already formed an investigating committee to look into the matter.


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