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DPWH says building in SRP did not follow building code




 Saturday, December 26, 2015

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has observed that the construction of Il Corso by Filinvest at the South Road Properties (SRP) did not follow proper setback required in the National Building Code.

District Engr. Nicomedes Leonor Jr., of the DPWH Cebu City Engineering Office, requested lawyer Jose Marie Poblete, chief of the Office of the Building Official (OBO) of the Cebu City Government, to take action.

Leonor attached to his letter to Poblete dated last Nov. 9 the pictures of the building construction and the Cebu South Coastal Road.

Thelmo Cardiente, DPWH’s road-right-of-way (RRW) agent, said that during the investigation he conducted, he found out that Filinvest had known about its violation to the building code when a staff of SRP management questioned their plans and had seen before them the preparation of the structure near the SRP road.

“But according to the (Filinvest) staff, the OBO has cleared Il Corso with that violation,” Cardiente said.


When sought to comment, Poblete said the DPWH findings of violations by Filinvest are basically on the yard regulations.

“Our initial evaluation, which is, as it should be, based on the plans submitted is that Filinvest, is compliant. During the actual implementation, if there are deviations, these will affect the issuance of occupancy permit,” Poblete said.

As regards DPWH observation, Poblete said they required Filinvest to submit a relocation survey of these developments to verify DPWH’s observations.

“Filinvest is yet to submit the survey result. We will follow this up with them,” Poblete said.

As regards the violations of SM Seaside City at SRP, DPWH 7 Director Ador Canlas said the mall management promised that they will comply.

During an inspection by DPWH 7 chief legal officer Brando Ray Raya with DPWH geodetic engineers last Nov. 10, they found out that the SM Seaside Complex has encroached on the SRP road lot.

Raya said the mall is within the 10-meter road lot from the Cebu South Coast Road which is allocated for utilities, road widening plans and the establishment of bike lanes.

Canlas said they submitted, on Dec. 8, 2015, a soft copy of their revised plans.

“As of date, the Planning Division is still evaluating said plans,” Canlas said.






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