'WE ARE SE­RI­OUS'

Erring es­tab­lish­ment own­ers in Ba­colod warned anew

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page -

“I HOPE this clo­sure will send the mes­sage that we are se­ri­ous about this, and we will fol­low the law.”

This was stressed by Ba­colod City Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia yes­ter­day af­ter two ho­tels and a pen­sion house were closed by the City Gov­ern­ment on Fri­day for op­er­at­ing without busi­ness per­mit.

Leonar­dia said these busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments were al­ready given a warn­ing and se­cond no­tices were also sent to them.

“We are hope­ful that with this, all the oth­ers who are in that sit­u­a­tion that failed to com­ply (busi­ness per­mit re­quire­ments) could com­ply it as soon as pos­si­ble. For sure, what was hap­pen­ing with us is also hap­pen­ing with the rest of the other lo­cal gov­ern­ment units in the Philip­pines,” he said.

On Fri­day, the City Le­gal Of­fice (CLO) along with the Per­mits and Li­cens­ing Divi­sion along with other agen­cies pad­locked the Westown Ho­tel in Cor­ner Luzuiaga-san Juan Streets, the Ba­colod Pen­sion Plaza in Cuadra Street, Barangay 21, and Rain­bow pen­sion house in Mabini Street, Ba­colod City.

The Per­mits and Li­cens­ing Divi­sion and Bureau of Fire Pro­tec­tion (BFP) rec­om­mended the clo­sure of these busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments for com­mit­ting some vi­o­la­tions.

Leonar­dia said the city’s

joint in­spec­tion team com­posed of BFP, Of­fice of the Build­ing Of­fi­cial (OBO), Per­mits and Li­cens­ing Divi­sion, and City Health Of­fice (CHO) are in­ten­si­fy­ing their in­spec­tion oper­a­tion in var­i­ous barangays.

“I in­structed them to con­cen­trate on the ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing the board­ing houses here,” he said.

He added the safety mea­sures of their clients and cus­tomers are very im­por­tant.

The mayor noted that the three busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments can re­open again as long as they al­ready cor­rected their vi­o­la­tions.

Vice Mayor El Cid Fa­mil­iaran said he also talked with the city coun­cilors to pass an or­di­nance to set an ex­act num­ber of days to fin­ish the pro­cess­ing of busi­ness per­mits.

He said the busi­ness es­tab­lish­ment own­ers should fin­ish the pro­cess­ing of their busi­ness per­mits within two months since some of them just paid their ac­counts and failed to con­tinue the pro­cess­ing of their clear­ances with other of­fices like BFP, CHO, and OBO.

“We have our one-stop­shop at the Ba­colod Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter ev­ery year, and they can fin­ish it within three days if they will com­ply all the re­quire­ments,” he added.

Fa­mil­iaran noted that Mayor Leonar­dia will hold a cau­cus with them and they will take up this con­cern.

Leonar­dia said that’s ideal and they will see how re­al­is­tic or prac­ti­cal it is.

“Let’s see how it goes. If the coun­cil will de­cide so that’s go­ing to be an or­di­nance and that’s the law so we’ll have to com­ply with it,” he said.

CITY PIO

PRESS­CON. Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia (2nd from left), Vice Mayor El Cid Fa­mil­iaran (1st from right), and Ex­ec­u­tive As­sis­tant Jose Ma. Var­gas at a press con­fer­ence at the Ba­colod City Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter yes­ter­day.

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