BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan ordered the City Engineering Office and the City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO) to closely monitor the compliance of SunTrust Properties Inc. to the permits issued by the local government for its on-going condominium project along Gibraltar and to make the proper recommendations on the status of permits.
The local chief executive said the developer should not put the blame on other agencies for the collapse of almost half of the road within its construction site because there might have been lapses on how it complied with the issued permits.
“We will not hesitate to cancel the permits issued by the city to Suntrust once it fails to implement the appropriate mitigating measures on the collapsed road and its own riprap project. We should not point fingers at this time but the developer must start working on remedial measures to restore the road or face the consequence of its permit being revoked until such time that it complies with whatever conditions that will be imposed on it,” Domogan stressed.
He said putting the blame on the drainage project of the Department of Public works and Highways–Baguio City District Engineering Office (DPWH-BCDEO) as the culprit for the collapsed portion of the road seems as it should have taken the necessary steps to protect the collapse of the drainage and the road and not to have waited for the situation to worsen.
According to him, the developer should first restore its damaged riprap project to allow the installation of the appropriate drainage system within the area before the replacement for the destroyed pavement can be made.
Domogan directed CEO and CBAO personnel to closely monitor measures being taken by the developer and to submit a report to him to assess if there is a need to cancel the permits issued to the company or await whatever completed works that will be done before evaluating and assessing the situation of the place.
He claimed the company should be mindful of the importance of completing the repair and rehabilitation of the damaged road because it is the only access for the residents of Gibraltar and Mines View to their homes and to their workplaces, schools among others, as the total closure of the road will create a chaotic situation.
He called on the company, representatives of concerned government agencies and several offices of the local government to get their acts together in finding the appropriate solution to the immediate restoration of the damaged portions of the road and the private property to prevent the situation from worsening.
He underscored that it will always be public welfare that matters when he will be constrained to act on the possible cancellation of the permits that were issued by the local government to Suntrust.
By Dexter A. See