Horizon’s 101 affected families ‘satisfied so far’

Posted on April 25, 2012

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FAMILIES affected by the construction of the Horizon’s 101 high-rise building in General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City, are generally satisfied by the assistance afforded them by the project developer Taft Property.

This was the general sentiment expressed by 30 families whose houses were either totally or partially damaged by an accident in the contruction site last April 10, 2012, in yesterday’s City Council inquiry.

“As of the moment they are contented,” said Councilor Noel Wenceslao, who attended yesterday’s special council inquiry on the Taft Property project.

Of the 30 families affected, 13 are staying in a pension house offered by the property developer.

The rest accepted the financial assistance given by the property developer.

Robert Pachico, one of the affected residents said, “Di pa ko moreklamo kay maayo man ila pagtratar nako (I will not complain yet because they are treating us nicely).”

His house located near the construction was totally destroyed when the retention wall of the construction collapsed.

Taft Properties promised to rebuild the damaged houses once the ground near their construction site stabilizes.

Another resident, Bobby Chavez, said his father was traumatized by the incident. He had to be brought to the hospital.

“Ang akong papa na-ospital tungod sa trauma, di na siya mokaon (My father was hospitalized because of trauma. He refused to eat),” said Chavez.

Chavez and his family opted not to stay on the pension houses offered by Taft management; rather, they chose to stay in their grandparents’ house in baranagay Lahug, Cebu City.

Chavez said the company have yet to provide them full assistance.

Reacting on the case of the Chavez family, lawyer Vincent Tomaneng of Taft Properties said, “We will consider this as a priority and as to moral damages, we will discuss with the management.”

Meanwhile, the developer of Horizon’s 101 said they will be submitting all the requirements asked from them by the city government.

Among the requirements they were required to submit are the building’s master plan, drainage plan and traffic plan.

Jeremy Acosta, the project’s chief architect, said they are just finishing some details of the plans. /Tweeny M. Malinao, Correspondent

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