Permit on billboard construction suspended

Subscribe Now January 10, 2013 at 05:13pm

THE City Building Office (CBO) suspended the permit issued to a businessman for the construction of his billboard structure along Quirino Avenue. Engr. Jaime Adalin, CBO chief, said they released the order on Tuesday after they discovered "some errors on the Revised Building Plan submitted, particularly with the setback on adjoining property."

Adalin was referring to the billboard owned by Chrischilear T. Arrieta of Supreme Ads and Signs that is undergoing construction.

"Yung setback on right side dapat may two meters away from adjacent property in which they failed to comply," Adalin told Sun.Star Davao Wednesay.

However, the CBO chief said the respondent may file for an administrative appeal within 15 days.

"They will justify it and evaluate namin ulit. After evaluation whatever will be our decision, they can always appeal to the Secretary of the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways), including the complainant, assuming whichever party pabor ang decision," Adalin said.

The Arrieta camp received the suspension order on Wednesday but refused to comment pending submission of its counter complaint before the City Engineer's Office. Arrieta is set to file the counter complaint Thursday.

Last Tuesday, the Davao City Council approved on first reading the request of Barangay Saint Jude 6-A to stop the billboard construction.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio also received a letter on December 27, 2012 from Barangay Saint Jude 6-A chief Hector Emmanuel T. delos Reyes transmitting copy of their approved barangay resolution to stop the billboard structure located at the top of Annil Transport Service Terminal beside Bankerohan Barbecue Plaza.

The resolution was approved on December 26, 2012.

The resolution stated that the Philippine National Police-Traffic Group of Davao City Police Office and Moonbeam Realty Development Corporation are opposing the construction of the billboard structure.

This, after the structure allegedly violates the rule under the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Presidential Decree 1096 (Signs and Signboard Structure of the National Building Code).

It said that section 3.9 of the law states that "signs shall be erected in such manner as not to confuse or obstruct a view or interpretation of any public sign, traffic signal or device, nor obstruct the sight, attract or distract the attention of motorist, reflect binding light or cause glare to incoming traffic."

It also said that the section 3.3 of the same law read that "signs or signboard structure shall follow standards of design, construction and maintenance in the Interest of Public Safety, convenience, good viewing and to promote urban design or community structure."

DPWH district engineer Lorna T. Ricardo, in a letter sent to Adalin, recommended the revocation of the permit issued to the structure's owner.

DPWH initially issued a sign permit clearance to Arrieta on August 28, 2012 for the construction of his billboard, but the office discovered he structure didn't comply with the conditions set by the DPWH and also violated rules on signs and signages after an inspection.

Prior to the DPWH-Davao's recommendation, the construction of the structure also met stiff opposition from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-Davao and Philippine National Police-Traffic Group for posing danger to the riding public.


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