30 business stalls sans permit ordered closed PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 June 2012 14:11

City Hall has ordered the immediate closure of at least 30 business establishments to include restaurants and internet cafes located in the city proper area for operating without business permits and other requirements.

Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario said the closure order came as a result of the inspections being done by a task force created to check on illegally-operating business establishments.

The task force compose of representatives from the City Legal Office, City Treasurer’s Office, City Engineer’s Office and City Permits Division under the Office of the mayor among others.

Among the establishments ordered closed were a restaurant located in Nunez Street, internet cafes located near schools in the city proper and several other business stalls.

Apolinario said the closure orders will be lifted only when the permits have been secured and other requirements have been complied.

“We appeal to all businessmen to strictly comply with the rules and regulations in operating business establishments”, the Assistant City Administrator said. “It is their duty and obligation to comply with the law”.

City Ordinance 92-008 otherwise known as the Revenue Ordinance mandates businessmen to secure licenses or permits before operating any business activity.

On the other hand, the Ordinance Regulating the Operation of Internet Cafes in the city prohibits minors as clients, setting up of cubicles and showing of pornographic materials in internet cafes.

Apolinario stressed that the inspection and monitoring of business establishments in the city is a continuing activity of the task force and other agencies or city departments concerned.

The 30 business establishments ordered closed were only for the month of June. Numerous others faced similar sanctions during monitoring/ inspections in previous months. — Sheila Covarrubias