The owners of Metro Safari Resort in Brgy. Alangilan, Bacolod City, have stopped construction activities until they have secured the necessary permits from the concerned local and national government agencies, Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella said yesterday.
Puentevella said the construction of the resort or zoo was already suspended when he visited the area and was informed by its owner, Francis Rey Cabuga, that they are preparing the Metro Safari Resort as a venue for his child's birthday party.
Puentevella and Cabuga were together at the opening of the Reptilla Mania that showcases wild life at the SM North Transport hub in partnership with Eltoro Zoo De La Castellana Inc., Metro Safari Resort, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and SM Bacolod.
Puentevella said that he supports Metro Safari Resort's idea of putting a zoo in Alangilan after seeing a real tiger, a lion and several reptiles at the Reptilla Mania at SM yesterday.
"We need this kind of environment-related activities to help enhance the knowledge of children and the public about animals and at the same time, for tourism purposes," he said.
The mayor said he has requested the Metro Safari Resort owners to comply all their requirements because he wants them to open as soon as possible.
Cabuga said they are doing their part in complying with the needed permits to operate the resort.
Puentevella said the city lacks tourism related projects and he hopes that it can have a bigger zoo later on which can attract people to come to Bacolod.
Meanwhile, Puentevella and Eltoro Zoo De La Castellana owner Elik Divino encouraged the public, particularly school children to see the animals at Reptilla Mania at SM which runs until tomorrow.
Nep Grandea, SM Marketing manager, said proceeds of the event will benefit the victims of Typhoon Yolanda particularly in Negros.*CGS