El Nido sets busi­ness fo­rum

Palawan News - - BUSINESS - By Bella mu­tia or­re­spon­dent

The El Nido Busi­ness Per­mit and Li­cens­ing Of­fice (BPLO) has set a fo­rum on Novem­ber 23 at the Mu­nic­i­pal Cov­ered Court re­gard­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal law com­pli­ance of busi­nesses in re­la­tion to the re­newal of their per­mits. Bernie Bero, mu­nic­i­pal busi­ness and li­cens­ing of­fi­cer, said Mon­day that the fo­rum will specif­i­cally dis­cuss the en­force­ment of en­vi­ron­men­tal com­pli­ance as a re­quire­ment for the re­newal of busi­ness per­mits in 2019. This comes af­ter the or­der of the na­tional gov­ern­ment to im­ple­ment strict en­vi­ron­men­tal laws as part of the town’s six- month re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. Mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials ex­pect a 30 per­cent drop in busi­ness per­mits next year com­pared to this years 75 per­cent be­cause of the im­po­si­tion of strict doc­u­ments’ com­pli­ance, im­ple­men­ta­tion mon­i­tor­ing, of en­vi­ron­men-tal laws and “Even re­newal ng busi­ness per­mits natin kailan­gan maghi­hig­pit tayo al­though, of course, kailan­gan din natin ng money for our en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­grams at may tungkulin po tayo,” said Bero. Bero told Palawan News that they have al­ready sub­mit­ted the list of es­tab­lish­ments for clo­sure to Mayor Nieves Rosento. How­ever, Rosento has given the erring es­tab­lish­ments a sev- en-day ex­ten­sion to com­ply. Fail­ure to do so, will force the mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment to im­ple­ment the clo­sure. Bero also ap­pealed to busi­ness own­ers to pre­pare all the re­quired doc­u­ments early for the re­newal nexr year to avoid de­lay. Dur­ing the re­newal this year, some busi­ness own­ers called the ad­di­tional health and san­i­tary re­quire­ments as “ex­pen­sive”. “Sana du­malo tayo sa Busi­ness Fo­rum na ito up­ang la­hat ay at­ing ma­pag-us­apan at mabi­gyang linaw ang mga kata­nun­gan. This time, mag­ing mas strict po tayo pag­dat­ing sa mga pa­pe­les lalo na sa com­pli­ance ng en­vi­ron­men­tal laws,” Bero said.

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