THE Office of the Building Official (OBO) in Bacolod City served a notice of violation to the owner of the alleged cockpit, which was being constructed at Purok Paghidaet, Barangay Tangub, in the city, for lack of a building permit on Thursday, March 23.
Engineer Isidro Sun Jr., head of OBO, said Friday, March 24, that they were informed that there was an alleged construction of a cockpit in the area and that the owner of the building failed to secure a permit.
He said the owner of the building should secure a building permit before the start of the construction.
He added that the owner was given three days to report to OBO.
If they fail to report at OBO until Tuesday, March 28, Sun said they will send another notice to the owner of the building, and it will be forwarded to the City Legal Office (CLO) for the appropriate action.
The building owner was said to violate Section 301 of the National Building Code (Presidential Decree 1096), which 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 first obtaining a building permit thereof from the OBO assigned to the place where the subject building is located or to be done.
As of March 24, the building owner had failed to show up at OBO, Sun said.
The owner will face penalties of P5,000 to P10,000.
On March 15, the City Council approved a resolution granting the request of Marilou Magallanes, owner/proponent, for a resolution of no objection (Rono) to operate, maintain, and establish a licensed cockpit at Purok Paghidaet, Barangay Tangub.
Even with the approval of Rono, Sun said the owner should still secure a building permit for the construction of the project.
"Maybe it’s one of their requirements to operate a cockpit in the area, but they are still required to process their building permit," he said.