City Hall warns biz stalls sans permits PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:41

City Hall has formally warned operators of at least 30 business establishments in the city to immediately comply with requirements or face sanctions that include closure.

Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario said warning notices have been sent to businessmen giving them two weeks within which to comply with the requirements.

“Closure orders will follow after two weeks if they continue to operate without business permits,” Apolinario said.

The erring business establishments include karaoke bars, internet cafes and dormitories operating within the 7-kilometer radius and those operating as far as Ayala and Vitali districts.

The warning notices were an offshoot of inspections done by a task force created to check on illegally-operating business establishments. The task force is composed of representatives from the City Administrator’s Office, City Legal Office, City Treasurer’s Office, City Engineer’s Office and City Permits Division under the Office of the mayor among others.

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

“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.

Meanwhile, the campaign to clear national highways of obstructions continues without let up based on a campaign jointly undertaken by the city government, the Department of Public Works and Highways and other agencies concerned.

The campaign, according to Apolinario, is based on national laws and is intended to ensure free flow of traffic and pedestrians on highways. — Sheila Covarrubias