Tabuk City, Philippines – Atty. Errol Comafay, the legal counsel of the Bulanao Public Market Stall Owners and Vendors and Consumers Association, asked the City LGU about the arrival of the metal materials believed to be for the construction of a mall and whether there is a building permit issued for the construction.
According to Comafay, his client was alarmed by the sudden arrival of trucks carrying huge metals and suspected that Tabuk City LGU is hiding something as it is not reporting or fully transparent on such a huge undertaking.
In his letter to Engr. Ruby Peter Albert, he inquired of any building permit released by the office. The response dated October 12 said none. It was also mentioned in the letter that XRC "filed their application for Building Permit on September 24, 2021, but the process was put on hold due to lacking documents such as local clearance and safety evaluation certificate."
Comafay likewise wrote a letter to the Sangguniang Panlungsod to conduct an inquiry regarding the utilization of the City’s CDRRMC Boomtruck to unload the materials believed to be XRC’s, asking whether those are for the construction of the XRC Mall – “which is the subject of the lease agreement between the City Government of Tabuk and XRC Mall Developer.”
Other questions asked by Comafay in his letter include the existence of a compliance certificate and compliance of XRC to existing regulations and conditions in the agreement.
This October 14, the Sangguniang Panlungsod headed by Vice-Mayor Bernard Glenn Dao-as accommodated the letter and is to be discussed in today’s session.
The Bulanao Market group has strongly opposed the putting up of a mall, especially at this time of the pandemic.
They have also reiterated that the City LGU can fund the development of the market instead of handing control of the public market to a private developer for 25 years or more.
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