by LOVELY A. CARILLO
The City Council Com-mittee on Public Works and Games and Amusement will soon determine the fate of the New Mintal Gallera Building, earlier found to be dangerous because of its dilapidated building.
“It was sent to us for a joint committee hearing,” said Councilor Jesus Jo-seph Zozobrado III, chair of the Committee on Public Works.
He said the City Council was earlier alerted for a range of safety issue involving the cockpit including the dilapidated state of the building which is already considered fire hazard with poor sanitation and parking.
The Permits and Licensing Office of the city has issued in March this year a mayor’s permit to a certain Junaliza Dagangon to operate the business. The mayor’s permit was valid until December 31, 2017.
However, on April 3 this year, the Office of the City Building Official conducted an ocular ins-pection and found out that the structure of the New Mintal Gallera Building violates section 214 and section 301 (on Building Permit) of the National Building Code of the Philippines.
Section 214 provides that “dangerous buildings are those which are dec-lared as such or are struc-turally unsafe or not provided with safe egress, or which constitute a hazard, or are otherwise dangerous to human life…”
The office of the City Building Official has recommended the issuance of the first notice of viola-tion against Dagangon and advised him to “demolish/repair the said structure and secure necessary permits.”