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Emission testing center seeks
time to get building permit

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

The manager of Barge Emission Testing Center at Gatuslao Street, Brgy. 11, Bacolod City has requested for an extension of time to comply with the building and occupancy permits required by the Office of the City Building Official.

OBO issued on August 19, 2011 a second notice of violation to Maria Rowena Reyes, manager of  the center, for failure to secure building and occupancy permits in violation of the National Building Code.

OBO officer-in-charge Ephraem Hechanova said they issued the first notice of violation to BETC on June 9 for violating Rule 2 of the National Building Code by  constructing a structure without getting a building permit and occupying without securing the necessary occupancy permit from the OBO.

He said they will also order Reyes to cease-and-desist from occupying the building if she fails to comply with the requirements.

Hechanova, however, said Reyes came to the OBO last Friday to ask for reconsideration saying their permit is still with the Bureau of Fire Protection.

He said Fil-oil gas station had applied first and has obtained a building permit to put up a gas station in the same property, so there are now two occupants  of  the area.

Hechanova said that,  according to the BFP,  they are waiting for Fil-oil to submit its occupancy permit so they could comply with the OBO requirements.

Reyes said it is not their intention to violate the provisions of the Building Code in her letter dated August 22, 2011.

She said, however, that  application process for building and occupancy permit was stalled since their property was inadvertently included in the building plans of their sub-lessor, Fil-oil and they are awaiting the submission of its “as-built” plans to the departments/agencies concerned.

 Hechanova said  they will study the letter of BETC that came last Friday, and act on it.

Hechanova also  said they have also issued a notice of violation to the Bank of Commerce which is being constructed at Lacson Street,  for lack of a building permit.

He said the bank has submitted its building permit application but there are still requirements that need to be complied with.

“There is one requirement of the National Building Code we want them to incorporate in their plan and we are waiting for their action,” Hechanova said.

 They have the plan of Bank of Commerce but this has not yet been approved for lack of  the  requirement  the bank  must comply with, he added.*CGS

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