SP to convene as committee of the whole to tackle controversial 12-story Panglao resort

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SP to convene as committee of the whole to tackle controversial 12-story Panglao resort

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The Sangguninang Panlalawigan (SP) is set to constitute itself into a committee of the whole Tuesday to investigate the controversial construction of a 12-story beachfront hotel at Alona Beach in Barangay Danao, Panglao.

The inquiry will be held 2 p.m. at the SP conference room and led by acting Vice Governor and SP member Venzencio Arcamo as the committee’s chair.

SP members agreed to carry out the inquiry on alleged irregularities in the building owner’s acquisition of permits particularly with the structure’s 12-story length.

Investigations were set to tackle height limitations set by provisions of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan of the Panglao government and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

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However, DataLand Inc. which owns the under-construction hotel has reportedly submitted requirements in accordance with national and local laws.

A large lineup of attendees and resource persons are expected to join the SP inquiry including acting Provincial Administrator John Boiser and Dataland Inc. officials, Roy Lachica and and Danilo Mante Jr., the firm’s business development head.

Officials from Panglao including Mayor Leonila Montero, municipal engineer Rogelio Bonao, municipal planning and development officer Jovencio Asilo and Councilor Rogelin Degoma were also requested to join the probe.


It was Degoma who called for the inquiry to be carried out by the SP, which in turn, set a schedule for the probe during the legislature’s regular session on November 24.

Degoma questioned the legality of the issuance of building permit to Dataland Inc. although the firm secured a clearance from CAAP as she cited a town ordinance which prohibits the construction of tall structures within tourist destinations. (rt)

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