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Distrito set to submit
Baywalk report
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

Bacolod City Councilor Caesar Distrito yesterday said he will submit the report of his committee on the operation of the Bacolod Baywalk Restaurant and Entertainment Place at the Reclamation Area in their next session.

Distrito, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Laws and Ordinances, said it was found out during the committee hearing Friday that Baywalk started its operation on February 14 without a Mayor's permit and only applied for one on March 15.

Neither the city nor himself is anti-business, he said, but to be fair to all businessmen who have complied with the requirements for a business permit, Baywalk is expected to do the same.

Distrito said the city will help them process or secure their business permit. But, until such time that they can produce such permit, they have to stop operations, or the City Legal Office will effect a closure order on their business, he said.

Baywalk should also secure an Environmental Clearance Certificate from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, he said.

Distrito said they have also asked the project management committee and the reclamation committee to give them their findings and inventory of the property to determine where the 30 percent share of the city is located and find out why the road lots are titled.

He will ask the project management committee formed by Mayor Evelio Leonardia to submit to the SP the findings of their inventory of properties at the Reclamation Area and what course of action to take so they can protect the interest of the city on the property.

If the Baywalk is located on the apron of the port and road lots, the property should belong to the city, Distrito said.

NO ENTRANCE FEE

Distrito said the City Legal Office will act on the matter after Holy Week after it gave Baywalk two weeks to comply with the requirements of a business permit. Meanwhile, Baywalk should suspend the charging of entrance fees to the public, he said.

City Assessor Maphilindo Polvora said that, with respect to the classification of the lots at the Reclamation Area where the Baywalk has established a toll gate, lots 6 and 4 are owned by the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. and Bacolod Coastal Ventures Inc., respectively.

TOLL GATE OWNERSHIP

Polvora said the location where the toll gate is located is now owned by Aldritz Corp., which, based on their record, is identified as Lots 2 and 3.

These lots are now registered under the name of the new owner, Aldritz Corp., he said.
On the issue whether or not the property occupied by Baywalk is an apron of the port, Polvora said there is no record to show that there is an apron in the area, based on the tax map.

He said the property identification map was based on the approved plan issued by the Bureau of Lands under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

This was also approved by the Philippine Reclamation Authority, which has exclusive jurisdiction over all reclaimed areas in the Philippines, he added.
On the issue whether they can stop the operation of Baywalk or not, he said it is beyond the power of the City Assessor's Office to issue any pronouncement, considering that this issue is now pending before the City Legal Office and they only rely on the documents they have at the CAO.

BISHOP FORTICH AVENUE

Meanwhile, the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod passed a resolution last week approving on third reading “An ordinance naming the street from Rizal-San Juan streets towards the Reclamation Area, until the western shore of Bacolod City, as the Bishop Antonio Y. Fortich Avenue.”

The ordinance was authored by Councilors Homer Bais and Archie Baribar.

The tax map shows that the Bishop Antonio Y. Fortich Avenue ends at the toll gate of Baywalk, since the property is now owned by Aldritz Corporation.*CGS

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