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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, March 1, 2011
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Motel issued permit
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

The Bacolod Imperial Court Inc. in Brgy. 6, Bacolod City, has been issued a Mayor’s Permit after it paid the required fees to the city Friday.

The motel was temporarily closed down by the City Legal Enforcement Team in December 2010, for operating without a permit.

The Case Review and Recommendation Committee formed by the City Legal Office concluded, after a thorough evaluation, that the BICI may be issued a Mayor’s Permit after it had paid P10,000 in penalties for several violations it had committed.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Building Official will inspect all the old buildings along Narra Avenue at the Capitol Shopping Center in Bacolod City next week to ensure that they are safe and do not pose danger to the public.

Engineer Isidro Sun, in charge of the OBO Structural Annual Inspection Section, said there are about 40 old buildings in the Shopping Center and some have collapsed and have been abandoned.

He said they have issued notices to several establishments in the city that they have been found to be not structurally stable.

Sun said they have noticed cracks in some establishments they have inspected and the owners have decided to vacate them and have them demolished.

They will send out notices and re-inspect old buildings so they can advise the owners to vacate if the structure cannot be repaired, he said.

Building owners should watch their structures for cracks since the OBO cannot attend to all of them because they lack personnel, Sun also said. He added that if the cracks are getting bigger, the structure may not be safe anymore, he said.

They have also inspected the old City Hall and did not find anything defective in the structure, he said.

Sun said Mayor Evelio Leonardia has issued a memorandum ordering them to inspect the fire exits of all boarding houses in Bacolod.

City Disaster Coordinating Council action officer, Joemarie Vargas said the city has a Collapsed Structure Rescue Team and has the capability to conduct rescue operations in case of disasters, although they hope these do not happen.*CGS

 

 

 

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