Lac­son: Prov­ince must as­sure the pub­lic of Mam­bukal ho­tel’s safety

Guest af­firms ho­tel did not col­lapse, dam­age caused by tree branch

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After an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing the Mam­bukal Con­ven­tion Cen­ter and Ho­tel ear­lier this week, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Vice Gov­er­nor Eu­ge­nio Lac­son yes­ter­day said the Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal provin­cial gov­ern­ment must as­sure the pub­lic of the ho­tel’s struc­tural cred­i­bil­ity.

The vice gov­er­nor said he vis­ited the fa­cil­ity at the provin­cial gov­ern­men­t­op­er­ated Mam­bukal Moun­tain Re­sort in Mur­cia to ob­serve the dam­age him­self, not­ing, the area had al­ready been cleared but was told by work­ers the roof of kitchen area col­lapsed, caus­ing dam­age.

“I hope it is only the kitchen area [that] has a de­fect and not the whole build­ing,” Lac­son said.

He also sug­gested a

third party, such as the lo­cal ar­chi­tects’ group, could in­spect the dam­age and the re­sort’s struc­tural in­tegrity.

Lac­son’s in­for­ma­tion was fur­ther cor­rob­o­rated by a re­sort guests, who spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity, stat­ing, the ho­tel did not col­lapse as the dam­age was caused by a tree branch mea­sur­ing about 70 to 80 square me­ters hit­ting the

build­ing’s para­pet, or the ex­ten­sion of a wall along the edge of a roof, and its roof­ing.

The said dam­age did not af­fect the struc­tural de­sign of the ho­tel as it is lo­cated at the back of the build­ing.

The area of the build­ing mea­sures 3,300 square me­ters.

Mean­while, Lac­son said con­struc­tion of the ho­tel is al­most com­plete and has yet to be turned over by the con­trac­tor, Al­fies Con­struc­tion.

How­ever, after Lac­son no­ticed the con­trac­tor used chicken wire as bar­ri­ers for the bal­conies, he called in the con­trac­tor to cor­rect it, say­ing it was “in­ap­pro­pri­ate for a con­ven­tion cen­ter.”

They should have used pipes in­stead of chicken wires, the vice gov­er­nor added.

Lac­son also called on Provin­cial En­gi­neer Ernie Mapa to in­form the pub­lic of what re­ally hap­pened, and to sub­mit a copy of his re­port to Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Gov­er­nor Al­fredo Marañon, Jr. and the provin­cial board.

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