Thursday, April 16, 2015

HLURB to probe Camella Homes Legazpi for allegedly defying cease and desist order

Photo via Camella Legazpi Facebook account

LEGAZPI CITY – The local branch of Camella Homes continues to disobey a Cease and Desist Order (CDO) issued by the Housing Land Use and Regulatory Board (HLURB) since September 25, 2012.

According to Atty. Richard Manila chief of the Monitoring and Adjudication Division of HLURB Legazpi, his office has confirmed that the said developer still remains to conduct its pre-selling activities and advertisements despite the said order.

Several reports reaching the HLURB also verified that the company has set up pre-selling booths and advertising streamers in malls and strategic public locations, which directly disregards the CDO.

Atty. Manila said that HLURB has scheduled a conference April 22 to confront the developer about their violations.

If and when Camella Homes Legazpi cannot explain their actions, the government agency would be forced to impose more stringent sanctions against them, the lawyer added.

On the other hand, the management of Camella Home Legazpi refused to comment on the matter.

The designated officer-in-charge of the branch Jasmine Galon, directed the media to put their questions in writing and address them to their main office in Metro Manila.

Galon claims that she is not authorized to make public pronouncements about the issue.

When asked why they continued to disobey the HLURB’s CDO, she just shrugged it off and again stated that it be forwarded to their main branch.

Meanwhile, the HLURB would also be looking into other violations that could have been committed by the company.

They are now investigating whether or not Camella Homes Legazpi has the necessary permits coming from other government agencies like the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) of the DENR, The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the local government of Legazpi.

If it is found out that it also lacks said permits, the company may be in for a lot of trouble, according to Manila.

The lawyer stressed that the mandate of the HLURB is to see to it that the rights and privileges of potential land buyers be protected under the law.

So far, he said, Camella Homes Legazpi has failed to meet the standards set by the board. (Joey B. Garalde) BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago

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