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Residents urge Go to hasten developer in riprap, road fix
by Ofelia C. Empian

POTENTIAL PUBLIC SAFETY THREAT -- The collapsed section of a busy road at Gilbratar due to the ongoing 400-unit condominium project of Megaworld Corp. subsidiary Sunstrust Properties Inc. poses threat to the public especially motorists and pedestrians. Baguio officials urged for the immediate restoration of the collapsed road sections. -- Ofelia Empian

 

Rep. Mark Go is being asked to pressure Megaworld Corporation to hasten the repair on the collapsed section of a crucial road connecting Gibraltar and Mines View after the riprap wall of its condominium project at Gibraltar collapsed.

Sister Mary Guadalupe Bautista, trustee of the Good Shepherd Convent Baguio Inc. wrote to Go on May 15 complaining on the slow action of Megaworld’s repair of the project site being implemented by its subsidiary Suntrust along Gibraltar Road.

“After your Easter Sunday visit at Good Shepherd we were hoping Suntrust would do their ‘homework’ of repairing the damage it has done. You gave three weeks to do so, from April 15 to May 6. All it did was connect the broken sewage line to lessen the foul smell coming from the sewage of Ibay Hotel in Mines View. But this too fell in the landslide of May 11, 2017 at 3:38 a.m. There was no earthquake nor a storm,” Bautista said.

She said she spoke with the senior engineer of Suntrust on May 12 and he allegedly admitted that they “did not realize the soil was soft.”

“This is an example of engineers from Manila who are not in touch with the local reality of Baguio,” she said.

“You promised us that you would ‘sue’ Suntrust if it did not do its part in repairing the damage. You have our full support, the support of the Tower residents and Mines View vendors,” she said.

Bautista earlier sent letters of complaint to the City Council, Baguio City District Engineers office of the Department of Public Works and Highways, and the management of Suntrust in 2016, due to the ongoing construction of the wall,  which  has already collapsed four times and caused the sidewalk to disappear, culverts to fall, and the damaged sewer line to emit a foul odor.

“What are we to do now? Just wait and see, pray and allow Suntrust to do more harm to the community? As the former owner of the lot and a stakeholder, we hold you responsible for this environmental tragedy in our midst,” she stated.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan in his weekly Ugnayan said he has instructed the City Buildings and Architecture Office to monitor the project area.

Meanwhile, the Housing Land Use and Regulatory Board said the license to sell of Suntrust Properties, Inc. is suspended since Feb. 6 this year.

HLURB Regional Officer Teresita Galacgac said the suspension was due to the developer’s failure to submit title with master deed with declaration of restrictions and post a performance bond to cover 2017.

“As reflected on their license to sell as per submitted work program, subject project shall be completed until April 2018. Moreover, latest report as of May 5, 2017 from the monitoring and adjudication division shows the riprapping and column fabrication is on going in the project site,” Galacgac said.

She added the project has a pending application for extension of time to develop.

Pher Gedd De Vera, Head of Adjudication and Monitoring Division of HLURB said with the suspension of license to sell of the company, this bars them from making advertisement in all platforms including social media.

De Vera said the company should supposedly remove their ads even in their own website which still can be accessed as of the moment.

“The developer should sanction their own agents if they are selling in the social media. We conduct continuous monitoring of the project but we are still learning how to handle (the monitoring of) social media,” he said.


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