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Madaling magiba? Ejercito seeks probe on ‘structurally-defective’ Phinma condo units in Quezon City

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Senator JV Ejercito has sought a probe on the alleged violation of various laws by Phinma Property Holdings Corp. in the development of their realty projects.

Ejercito filed on Sept. 20 Resolution No. 900 directing the Senate Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement, which he chairs, to conduct an inquiry on the complaints of a group of condominium buyers and unit owners of Hacienda Balai Condo and Sunny Villas Condominium against Phinma Property Holdings Corp. which developed the said structures.

The senator said that it is the duty of the State “to ensure a safe and decent housing provision for every Filipino built by the public and private sector.”

The Hacienda Balai Condo has 8 buildings with five-storey residential structure located at brgy. Kaligayahan, Quezon City. On the other hand, Sunny Villas Condominium is a six-storey socialized midrise condominium located in Fairview, Quezon City.

Occupants of Hacienda Balai claimed that their units are “unsafe and structurally defective” because of poor construction of the buildings. They said that within two years from its turn-over, there are visible cracks in the units and hallways, leaks inside the units, backflow in the comfort rooms and laundry areas, heavy moisture and molds in the walls, among others.

It was also found out that one of the buildings of the Sunny Villas condominium, was built on top of a creek which now caused structural damage to the building.

“Real property and condominium buyers who fears for their safety inside their own home, should not be left without prompt recourse against alleged offensuve property developers,” Ejercito said.

He said that “proper investigation should be conducted to determine if there are violations of existing laws by Phinma Properties and other real estate developers, and to ensure that the rights of real property and condominium buyers are safeguarded.”

On Sept. 6, 2018 the City Building Office of Quezon City declared that the Hacienda Balai is “dangerous and ruinous pursuant to Section 214 in relation to Section 215 of Presidential Decreee No. 1096 of the National Building Code of the Philippines.”

The Quezon City Building Office also ordered Phinma Properties “to rectify/repair/and demolish the subject structures immediately and for the tenants/occupants to vacate the said premises.”

The Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HULRB) on August 23, ordered Phinma Properties to cease and desist from further selling and advertising of Hacienda Balai.

They are further ordered to pay fine and submit revised work program. However, on Sept. 12, 2018, the request for the lifting of the CDO (cease and desist order) was granted by the HULRB.