Building on landslide site has no permit

TWO establishments on Shrine Hills were issued with notices of violation by the Davao City Engineering's Office (CEO) since August 2017. One of the buildings is that of the complex housing a radio station that is now on the edge of the landslide area.

CEO officer-in-charge engineer Joseph Dominic Felizarta told reporters Monday, October 9, that they issued the notice of violation for non-compliance of building permit to the owners of a residential house and a radio station built on Shrine Hills.

While Felizarta did not name the radio station, a search on Internet of the building and how it appeared in the photos uploaded by the Department of Public Works and Highways-Davao on its Facebook page indicated that the complex that has two structures, a radio transmitter tower, and a swimming pool is of the Hope Radio of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

SunStar could not find any means to contact the radio station as of press time Monday, as no one was picking up the phone, the number of which is found in their Facebook page.

Felizarta said the complaint is now with the Davao City Office of the Building Official.

"It is up to the City Building Official if they will file a case," Felizarta said.

"These are the two establishments nga nakawang-wang ang isa mao tung naay swimming pool sa likod nga nabuak (These are the two establishments in the area that are at risk, one of which has a cracked swimming pool at the back)," he said.

Felizarta added that the establishments were given a notice of violation last August but the owners did not take heed.

He said they still continue with the clearing operations after a landslide occurred along Diversion Road, which is also the cause of the road closure.

Felizarta said the hired contractor, which uses its own equipment, is breaking the big rocks. He added that the road will be opened only after the big rocks are removed.
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