ILOILO CITY: Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has ordered the temporary closure of shopping stores at the newly opened Ayala Atria in Brgy. San Rafael, Mandurriao district after a canopy collapsed on Sunday at the height of heavy rains spawned by Typhoon Egay.
Mabilog said he ordered the City Engineer’s Office to inspect and to conduct an investigation on what caused the collapse in coordination with the Ayala management.
He said the shopping mall can be reopened immediately once the city engineer and building official recommends the building is safe.
The newly constructed shopping mall had its soft opening last month and the canopy covers some specialized stores.
The city mayor said the structure may not have reached its maximum curing period when the accident happened. There were no casualties reported on the incident.