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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, December 6, 2013
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OBO, brgy officials differ
on status of safari resort


Office of the Building Official officer-in-charge, Isidro Sun, said yesterday that the Metro Safari Resort has not started its construction yet in Brgy. Alangilan, Bacolod City, so there is nothing to act on.

However, Alangilan Barangay Captain Rodrigo Jagunap and Kagawads Donald Alimpalo and Alex Sausi confirmed yesterday that there are initial construction works within the 6-hectare property of MSR without permits and clearances required from various agencies.

Sun said he and one of his personnel went to Brgy. Alangilan last week and saw construction supplies in the area but claimed the only structure built so far was a bunkhouse.

He admitted, however, that, as of yesterday, MSR had not submitted any application for a permit to the OBO.

Sun also said there is nothing to worry about because MSR will not be able to operate if they do not have the permits required.

Bacolod Councilor Caesar Distrito, Sanggunian Committee on Laws and Ordinances chairman, directed the OBO to issue a notice of violation and work stoppage to MSR owned by Francis Rey Cabuga, that is still in the process of acquiring the necessary permits.

Needed are an OBO permit, Environmental Compliance Certificate from the Environmental Management Board–Regional Office, City Planning and Development Office certification, resolution of favorable endorsement from the barangay and Department of Agrarian Reform conversion clearances.

Earlier, Sausi and Alimpalo said that they denied the request of Cabuga for a favorable endorsement from the barangay to put up a resort after they were told by DAR that the conversion of the agricultural land without its approval is irregular.

They also inquired if the construction of the resort is legal and if the management has complied with the requirements prescribed by law.

The Alangilan officials said they are not against the development in their area because it would encourage more investors and it will generate more taxes for the barangay, but the owner should show willingness to follow the requisites of the law.

The officials said the resort construction may have gained social acceptability from the residents, but majority of their colleagues did not endorse it during their session.*APN

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