The Office of the Building Official is set to serve a second notice of violation to the owners of a business establishment at Gatuslao Street in Bacolod City, if they fail to secure a building permit as required under Presidential Decree 1096, or the National Building Code.
Building inspector Julio Castro said yesterday that they have served the first notice of violation to the establishment (formerly Gerci Café) last March 6. After receipt of the notice of violation, the owner will be given 15 days to comply.
Castro said if they fail to comply, they will have to pay 100-percent surcharge of the total building, on top of an additional penalty ranging from P5,000 to P10,000.
Since the owner did not appeal to the OBO, it will be compelled to issue a second notice of violation, he said.
They do not know who owns the building because, when they checked the records of the establishment with the City Assessor’s Office, there was no transfer of ownership, Castro said.
Executive assistant Samuel Montoyo Sr., a member of the Anti-Red Tape Act Core Team, said he had requested the OBO to inspect the establishment after it closed a portion of the sidewalk in front of its commercial space since they are doing a total renovation.
He said it is not proper for them to renovate the sidewalk which is government property. He will tap the Bureau of Fire Protection to inspect the establishment, he said.
Montoyo said he is planning to file charges against the owner of the establishment so this will serve as a warning to other business owners, who fail to comply with the requirements of the National Building Code.*CGS
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