Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
There is something mysterious, if not anomalous, in the case involving the construction of a new resort in Bacolod City that, as all indications have shown, has been going on without any of the standard requirements from the concerned offices complied with.
This is the case of a project, indentified as the Metro Safari Resort in Barangay Alangilan in the city that, local officials have claimed, has started despite the fact that the Barangay Council has not endorsed its construction, and has also not bothered to comply with any of the requirements to do so.
Not only that, the land on which the company is supposed to build on is class fied as agricultural, and cannot be converted to such use as for a resort without first being converted to commercial use.
Despite the warnings from the barangay officials, specifically, two of its kagawads, or council men, the company allegedly went on with its plans, in defiance of city and even national laws.
What is mysterious is that the entity involved continues to deny that it has started construction even if checks by some officials have shown that, indeed, at least one structure is already being built. Not even photographs taken by a city councilor could make the builders admit its presence.
Another, bigger mystery is why the acting head of the Office of the Building Official seems to be acting more for the interest of this company than for the city he is supposed to work for. From the start, his reactions to the complaints of the barangay officials seem to be rather on the side of the resort owners than the city.
Isn’t this the same building official whose men were caught by the National Bureau of Investigation allegedly while accepting money from an applicant? And isn’t he the same acting OBO head who has been questioned, and probably charged already, in an alleged case of altering the computation of the fees supposed to be paid to the city, as well making it appear that the previous officials he and his group had replaced, were the ones who computed it?
Something smells at the Office of the Building Officials, but why have their bosses not gotten a whiff of it?
Another mystery there?*