City Hall orders closure of 20 biz stalls; warns 130 others PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 December 2012 13:57

For operating without business permits and other requirements, 20 business establishments mostly market stalls have been ordered closed effective immediately.

Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario said 130 others that are delinquent in the payment of fees have been reminded to update their accounts or face sanctions that include closure.

Apolinario said the delinquent stall holders have been given a certain period of time to comply with the requirements. “Closure orders will follow if they continue to disregard the law”.

The closure of the 20 establishments will be implemented by combined team of personnel from the City Administrator’s Office, City Legal Office, City Treasurer’s Office, City Health Office, City Engineer’s Office and City Permits and Licensing Division under the Office of the mayor which also conducts regular inspections of all business establishments operating in the city.

The erring establishments include stalls at the public market, general merchandise stores, internet cafes and numerous 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. Provided in the permit are the conditions in the payment of fees for the operation of the establishments. —Sheila Covarrubias