‘Stop construction of resort until permits are secured’

THE Bacolod City Council committee on laws, ordinances and good government, chaired by Councilor Caesar Distrito, has recommended that businessman Rey Francis Cabuga of Mushroom Realty Development Corporation and his co-owners must comply with pertinent laws and secure all the necessary permits for the construction of their resort in Barangay Punta Taytay, Bacolod City.

The recommendation is contained in the committee report submitted by Distrito after he conducted a public hearing last week.

Along with other committee members, Distrito said the property owners
should secure permits from the Philippine Ports Authority, Department of Public Works and Highways, Community Environment and Natural Resources Office, Environment Management Bureau, and Office of the Building Official.

They should stop the ongoing construction of the other structures until all permits are complied with, the committee added.

Based on records, the City Council had approved or favorably endorsed several Foreshore Lease Agreement (FLA) applications before, thus the owners of the property should also seek the approval of the Council of their application.

The OBO should issue to the owners the notice of violation and require them to comply all the requirements as mentioned by the government agencies concerned, the committee further said.

Joan Gerangaya, officer-in-charge of Cenro-Bacolod, said that all foreshore lease applications filed over public lands or foreshore lands are referred to concerned government agencies, which includes the Barangay Council, DPWH, PPA, and if for tourism purposes, the Department of Tourism.

Gerangaya said he requested the chief of their Land Management Services to conduct an inspection of the area because the project involves three lots.
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