Councilor wants construction of fish port inspected

Councilor wants construction of fish port inspected

Bacolod City Councilor Al Victor Espino, chairperson of the City Council committee on law, has asked the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO), Office of Building Official (OBO), and City Engineer’s Office (CEO) to inspect the compliance of the alleged fish port development at Purok Mabinuligon, Barangay Pahanocoy.

Espino, who held a public hearing with the residents of Barangay Pahanocoy along with their officials at the Sangguniang Panlungsod on Tuesday, October 3, said the alleged fish port was developed by Taculod family.

He said the residents of Barangay Pahanocoy claimed that the construction of the fish port in the area caused floods in the village.

"The BPLO, OBO, and CEO should determine whether the Taculod family secured the necessary permits for the construction of a fish port in the area. If they fail to secure permits, we will act accordingly,” he added.

Espino noted that he was informed that the Taculod family was constructing the fish port allegedly without permit from the city government, and they are also doing business in the area.

Espino said they can recommend to the BPLO, OBO, and CEO to issue cease and desist order for the said development.

For her part, Barangay Pahanocoy Captain Yolanda Noble said their residents filed a petition on the fish port development of Taculod family at Purok Mabinuligon, which reportedly caused floods in the village.

She said they presented a drone video to the City Council where it showed that the two rivers in the area were already occupied by mangrove trees.

She added that on September 27, they held a meeting with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to conduct an ocular inspection to determine if they needed to transfer or cut the mangrove trees.

Noble disclosed that the barangay council did not issue a resolution of no objection (rono) to Taculod family because they are still waiting for the opinion from the DENR for the construction of the project.*

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