Has Jollibee conceded? Print
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 16:36

By  BOB JALDON

As the controversy over the use of the Puericulture Center property deepens, a highly-reliable source yesterday said that Freemont Foods Corporation, the company that operates Jollibee, will not contest the closure order issued by City Hall.

The source said that he learned from City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos that Freemont will vacate the Jollibee building along La Purisima, corner P. Brilliantes Street. even before the second extension to stay is issued by City Hall.

Last Saturday, the Centro Puericultura de Zamboanga (CPZ) adjacent to Jollibee was inaugurated and opened for business. Per records of the city licensing and permit office, there are 32 concessionaires holding temporary business permits to sell food in CPZ.

In an exclusive interview, City Legal Officer Jesus Carbon said that he has written Dr. Agbulos asking him to show cause why the establishment should not be closed considering that no occupancy permit has been issued for the building to open. Agbulos has been given seven days to reply.

Under the contract signed between Dr. Agbulos and Freemont, no businesses within the premises of Puericulture Center shall be allowed to sell food being sold by Jollibee like fried chicken, hamburger, pizza, etc.

Freemont allocated P7.5 million for the construction of the CPZ, the amount of which was ordered returned by City Hall.

In another development, the mayor’s office has written the Civil Service Commission (CSC) inquiring on the status of Dr. Agbulos, considering that he is the city health officer and the president and chief executive officer of Puericulture Center, both government positions.

Earlier, City Hall asked Dr. Agbulos to make an accounting of the income and expenses of the Puericulture Center because the funds are considered government holdings, as the center is a public domain, not a private entity. (Bob Jaldon)