Palmetto Place, a condominium built by the DMCI-Consunji group in Davao City, has been ordered shut down by the local government due to extensive damage suffered during the series of quakes which shook Mindanao from October 29 to November 1.
In a statement, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said: “On November 1, 2019, the Palmetto Place Davao in Barangay Maa, was also condemned after the earthquake left cracks on walls, beams, channels, and posts of the Buildings 2 and 3 of the said complex. Residents of the condominiums have voluntarily vacated their units after receipt of Notice To Vacate from the Davao City Office of the Building Official.”
GMA News gave a spot report of the damage: “Two out of the three buildings of Palmetto Place at Barangay Maa were damaged, with cracks visible on some of its walls and ceilings leading to the parking area.
Pieces of concrete that chipped off from the building also littered the ground. Cracks appeared on a stairway after the earthquake.” This is the second condominium of DMCI-Consunji which was shut down due to heavy damage suffered from the Mindanao tremors.
Duterte had previously ordered the condemnation of another Davao condo, Ecoland 4000, where 9 individuals were injured, and 20 individuals were evacuated.
“The Davao City Legal Office has been ordered to probe on 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 the Himeji building,” said Duterte.
A resident posted on Facebook that “although the structure is still standing the entire building has collapsed the parking area.”
Palmetto Place is located along Maa Road corner Gem Village Road, Davao City, just 5-10 minutes away from the premier commercial and business districts in Davao City. It has three, 7-floor towers.
Ecoland 4000, built by DMCI Homes sister firm DMC Urban Property Developers Inc. (DMC-UPDI), is a low-rise twin tower condo project along the Eco West Drive in Davao City.
DMCI has moved to disown both Ecoland and Palmetto condos as it claimed
that Verdon Parc, near Ecoland 4000, is currently its only project in Davao City. “Based on initial investigation conducted by DMCI Homes’ Design and Engineering team and its structural engineering consultant Marco Consulting, the damages and cracks that manifested in the walls of Verdon Parc are considered non-structural in nature,” it said.