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QC gov’t stops construction of Revillame’s Wil Tower Mall

Written by  Arlie O. Calalo

Monday, 12 November 2012 00:00 [ tribune.net.ph ]

The developer of the 42-story Wil Tower Mall belonging to television host-actor Willie Revillame has been ordered to stop with its ongoing construction for alleged poor safety measures.

Rod Encinares of the Vista Residences Inc. and Willy Sanchez, project engineer of the tower mall, have been directed by the City Building Office to cease and desist from proceeding with the construction of the high-rise facility until such time they have taken adequate safety measures at the construction site.

The order came following the recommendation of the safety inspectors of the local government, Isagani Verzosa, the city building office chief, told members of the Quezon City Press Club.

“In addition, the developer and the project engineer are required to submit a construction and health and safety program duly approved by the Department of Labor and Employment,” he said.

The concerned persons must be able to comply with the two-page order, a copy of which was obtained by the Tribune, within 10 days upon its receipt, the city official said.

Encinares and Sanchez were also required to appear in today’s (Nov. 12) administrative hearing through the building official’s investigation and adjudication division at 3:30 p.m.

“Failure to comply with this directive shall not preclude this office from proceeding with the necessary legal action and/or any other appropriate measure that the circumstances may warrant,” Verzosa warned.

The order stemmed from a complaint of a resident whose house was just near the tower mall located on Eugenio Lopez Drive in Barangay South Triangle near the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp.

Three days after All Saints’ Day, a cement slab about 100 kilograms in weight fell on the roof of the concerned resident from the construction of the Wil Tower Mall.

Warning the developer and the project manager, Verzosa said they must ensure the safety of the public, or they will be held responsible for any accident out of their negligence.
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