Burnt NCCC Mall up for demolition

The burnt NCCC Mall, which has a total building floor area of 60,568 square meters, will soon be flattened after the management gained a go signal from the city government to pursue the demolition.

Data from the Office of the Building Official (OCBO) bared that NCCC was granted a demolition permit on Feb. 20. Within a year, the permit directs the NCCC to destroy the building in a period of 30 days from the day it starts the demolition.

This, the data from OCBO cited, “shall be undertaken only after the building has been vacated and all utility lines such as electric, gas, telephone and water installations have been disconnected.”

The OCBO data also said that the demolition has to be compliant with the rules of National Building Code to ensure safety for the workers and prevent from damaging other infrastructures near the mall.

Thea Padua, NCCC spokesperson and public relations manager, told the TIMES that although they already gained a permit, they have yet to schedule when they would start to demolish the 14-year old mall.

“The city building official has issued us a demolition permit but there is no specific date yet as to when (would it be implemented) pending the submission of the report from the Bureau of Fire and Protection,” Padua said.

Acting City Building Official Cirinia Grace Catubig told the reporters in an interview at her office yesterday that the burnt mall would be the biggest infrastructure that would be demolished so far in the city.

This arose as the NCCC Mall, which was established in 2003, was razed on Dec. 23, killing 38 people.

“It is up to them (the company) when they would start the demolition. The demolition has to be done as soon as possible,” Catubig said.

In a report of MindaNews, the Bureau of Fire Protection earlier recommended for the total demolition of the shopping center. The bureau assessed that the entire building was totally damaged except the ground floor.

The NCCC has also set up a temporary fence.

“This (the fence) is for safety purposes. The mall has to be cordoned so the people that would pass by at the site would not be hit if there is a falling debris or cause the falling debris from affecting other structures near the mall,” Catubig said.

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