Suntrust re­pair dead­line lapses

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Maria Elena Cata­jan Sun*Star Re­porter

SUNTRUST Prop­er­ties In­cor­po­rated [SPI] faced Coun­cilor Edgar Avila Wed­nes­day on a com­mit­tee hear­ing to as­sess the on­go­ing is­sues faced by the re­alty firm.

Avila said SPI ad­mit­ted of not com­ply­ing with the 60-day deal­ing set by the coun­cil for the re­pair of the col­lapsed Gi­bral­tar road sec­tion as well as the sus­pen­sion of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Com­pli­ance Cer­tifi­cate [ECC].

The SPI con­struc­tion was also al­leged to cause the col­lapse of the wall of nearby Mega Tower Con­do­minium, to which they

pre­vi­ously as­sured a two-week time ta­ble to re­pair, which has like­wise lapsed.

Tower con­do­minium rep­re­sen­ta­tives Ana Manayon and Mari­bel Ala­ban said dam­age to their area has reached P1 mil­lion as the foun­da­tion of their struc­ture has been com­pro­mised.

Avila said the is­sues faced by SPI needs coun­cil ac­tion which is tan­ta­mount to stop­ping the project all to­gether, com­pel SPI to pay fines or file cases against the com­pany.

Present dur­ing the meet­ing were SPI project man­ager, El­pidio Valdez Jr with col­leagues, Joselito Paulo Jr., Alvin Oril­los, Sunny Nunez and Boy Ca­bang.

SPI said plans to build the ex­tra 2 floors of the con­do­minium have been shelved.

In can be re­called that in 2016, Sis­ter Mary Guadalupe Bautista, from the nearby Good Shep­herd Con­vent com­plained on the on­go­ing SPI con­struc­tion, send­ing let­ters to Coun­cilor Elaine Sem­brano, Alex Cas­taneda of the Dis­trict En­gi­neers of­fice of the DPWH as well as Jo­han Quia­zon, the in­vestor re­la­tions man­ager of Suntrust and pres­i­dent and chair­man of the board An­drew Tan com­plain­ing of the same con­cerns which she de­scribed to put in dan­ger res­i­dents and tourists.

Also in 2016, the Florendo Law Of­fice, rep­re­sent­ing, Eve­lyn Ibay of Mines View Park also wrote the DPWH com­plain­ing of the col­lapsed road.

The DPWH has or­dered Suntrust to re­pair the road in 2016 with Mayor Mau­rico Do­mo­gan not­ing the com­plaints of Palma and as­sured the com­pany has com­plied with zon­ing or­di­nances.

Suntrust aims to de­velop 4,352.96 square me­ters with over 400 units avail­able when they fin­ish the project in 2018, a project which SPI pres­i­dent Harry Pal­ton­gan part­nered with Me­ga­world.

An­other pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion is set on Septem­ber 20.

Photo by Rod­er­ick Osis

EN­VI­RON­MEN­TALLY SAFE. Even with the on­slaught of the rainy sea­son, Lepanto Con­sol­i­dated Min­ing Co. has given as­sur­ances about the safety of its tail­ings dam.

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