Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has declared the Palmetto Place condominium complex in Maa condemned following the two strong earthquakes which rocked the city last week.
In a statement Saturday (November 2), Duterte said cracks were discovered on the walls, beams, channels, and posts of buildings 2 and 3 of Palmetto Place after the earthquake.
“Residents of the condominiums have voluntarily vacated their units after receipt of Notice To Vacate from the Davao City Office of the Building Official,” she said.
Palmetto Place is located just 5 to 10 minutes away from Davao City’s premier commercial and business districts. It has three, seven-floor towers.
It is the second condominium built by DMCI Homes in Davao City which Duterte ordered shut down following the magnitude 6.6 and magnitude 6.5 earthquakes which rocked Mindanao on October 29 and 31.
The mayor previously ordered the condemnation of Ecoland 4000, which was built by DMCI Homes’ sister firm DMC Urban Property Developers Inc. (DMC-UPDI).
Duterte said the Davao City Legal Office has been ordered to look into the actions of the City Engineer’s Office, Office of the City Building Official, and the Building Administrator’s Office of Ecoland Residences 4000 in relation to the collapse of one of its buildings.
The collapse left nine persons injured while 20 others were evacuated.