LEGAZPI CITY – The chief executive here on Wednesday said he has directed the city building officials to file the necessary cases against the owners of a construction firm and the land where a hotel is about to be built over an accident that killed two workers on Tuesday afternoon.
The subjects could be facing civil and criminal charges for operating without a building permit and violating other provisions of the National Building Code, city Mayor Noel Rosal said in an interview.
He said he directed building officials to investigate the man-made landslide that occurred, where a steep mountain slope crashed during an excavation work in Barangay Pinaric here, killing two construction workers and wounding two others.
Rosal added that a cease and desist order has been issued for the construction work. “The investigation would determine the culpability of the construction firm El Acebuchi Builders (ELAB) in continuing civil works despite the absence of a permit,” he said.
City Engineer Clemente Ibo, in a separate interview, said the construction firm and one Rodelio Antonio Sevilla, the alleged owner of the land, applied for a building permit in September for the construction of a four-storey hotel building located beside a 30-meter high mountain slope.
Ibo said the processing of the permit was put on hold after the construction firm and the owner failed twice to submit the required documents including the Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC) since the evacuation work would affect a mountain slope.
Ibo said the non-compliance with the requirements under the National Building Code, the firm’s refusal to heed their warning, and continuing for almost two months their construction work, prompted the office to serve a notice of violation.
Aside from the absence of a building permit, other violations of the construction firm include the failure to put up a “retaining wall” at the construction site.
A retaining wall is a structure designed to support and restrain soil from eroding in steep mountain slopes.
The two construction workers who died in the landslide were identified as Allan Madrona Andes and Rolin Bagacay, both employed by ELAB. They died while being rushed to the Legazpi City Hospital.
Injured were steelman Ariel Lola Marcelo, 40, of Pilar, Sorsogon, and Marvin Baldediano, also a steelman, of Barangay Taysan here. They were found to have sustained injuries when extracted from the debris and brought to the Bicol Regional Teaching and Training Hospital (BRTTH). (PNA)