PERSONNEL from concerned city offices conducted an ocular inspection of a commercial building along Veterans Avenue in Zamboanga City to check on compliance of laws and ordinances specifically the sanitary code.

Spearheaded by the city administrator's office, the joint inspection was done Friday by the City Health Office, City Environment and Natural Resources Office, City Engineer's Office, City Legal Office, City Treasurer's Office and City Police Office in line with the City Government advocacy to ensure the compliance of all ordinances and laws and as part of the mandates of the different offices concerned.

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The actual inspection was also done in view of complaints received by the City Administrator's Office regarding alleged violations committed by the occupants of the Hadji Kadra Masihul Multi-trade Center owned by businessman Hadji Kadra Masihul and located along Veterans Avenue.

"Apart from being part of our advocacy, the inspection was also in view of written complaints submitted to our office. So we had to do the actual check in order to get first hand information," Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario said.

Apolinario said initial findings show that the building is being used as a commercial area and at the same time as a residential area.

Apolinario said that some violations of the sanitary code and other laws were also noted.

Apolinario said the inspection was mainly to ensure the promotion of public welfare, as the building's operation sans compliance of laws and ordinances might bring about health problems and other complications.

The inspection team is expected to come up with its report and recommendations next week.

The building was constructed in the late '90s with the original intention of using it as a multi-trade center. (Bong Garcia)