Thursday, February 21, 2019

Mayor asked to stop Parola ferry terminal project

THE Iloilo City Council has passed a resolution asking Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to stop the construction of a ferry terminal building and commercial complex, including a gasoline station, at the City Government lot in Parola area.

The resolution, introduced by Councilor Plaridel Nava during the council session Tuesday, also asked officers of developer Double Dragon Properties Inc. to explain the many revisions of the ferry terminal project during a special meeting on April 20.

Nava said Double Dragon failed to secure the necessary locational clearance and building permit, and the many alleged deviations and alteration of the Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) it signed on October 1, 2012 with the City.

He said a notice of violation was issued last March 26 by the Office of the Zoning Administrator and a notice of illegal construction was also issued on March 25 by the Building Official of the City Engineer's Office against Double Dragon.

He said the JVA has no provision for a commercial complex or city mall and a gasoline station but only for a commercial building.

The ongoing construction of the P135-million project showed blatant disregard and violations of the JVA, he added.

Councilor Ed Penaredondo said that any project must be complementary and consonance to the ferry terminal project but what is happening now is anarchy, since the developer contravenes with the Master Development Plan.

But a letter dated April 14, 2015 from lawyer Joselito Barrera III, head of Double Dragon legal department, to City Administrator Norlito Bautista showed that the developer is willing to comply with all the necessary documents in compliance with the contract.

Barrera said the JVA provides that the developer shall design, construct, develop and operate the property in accordance with the Terms of Reference (TOR) consisting of a ferry terminal and commercial complex.

The commercial complex component of the project has always been part of the approved agreement with the City Government in 2012 and will be situated in the same location.

“We would like to reiterate that Double Dragon as the developer will not deviate in any way from the TOR and other provisions of our JVA, as approved by the city mayor and as authorized by the City Council of Iloilo City,” Barrera added.

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