The Sangguniang Panlungsod is studying the possibility of requiring owners of unused buildings within the commercial district of Dumaguete City to secure occupancy permits every year, in order to check if their structures are safe, whether used for business or not.
This was disclosed yesterday by city legal officer Neil Ray Lagahit, who supervised the demolition of the Tan Optical and Gen Merchandize building, at Locsin Street, Tuesday.
A report about rumbling sounds coming from the building prompted city engineer Edwin Quirit, city fire chief William Tacaldo and Councilor JV Imbo to inspect the area.
The team later declared the building to be ruinous, and endangering the lives and limbs of the public and that, it had to be demolished in order to protect the general welfare, Lagahit said, citing provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991 and the police power of the local chief executive.
Imbo, who lives the collapsed building, said he will see if owners of abandoned buildings can be required to secure yearly occupancy permits so the city can check on their safety conditions.*JG
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