Commercial firms told: Obtain biz permit before operation-A A +A
Monday, September 2, 2013
AS LONG as business establishment owners comply with the requirements of a business permit and pay exactly the fees and charges, the City of Bacolod will gladly open any kind of business, said Mayor Monico Puentevella.
With this, Puentevella appealed to business establishments that have delinquencies in their papers and payments to comply.
The mayor had given them some warnings but others have not responded. This, according to the City Government, prompted it to recently clamp down Unicity Merchandise at the downtown area due to its non-compliance with the necessary business permit.
Puentevella said non-compliance with requirements by some firms is unfair for other establishments that religiously pay their obligations to the City.
"We are wondering what went wrong. I had it investigated on who is at fault here and to know the reason why they have not complied. There is a need to put order at the Office of the Building Official (OBO)," he said.
The mayor appointed architect Jose Dureza to head the OBO and help the City Planning and Development Office.
Dureza is an urban planner from the United States who had retired and was asked by the mayor to come home and help the city.
"We are trying to be serious about this. Those who have not applied for a business permit, you have to apply now and pay the necessary fees," said Puentevella, adding that all offices should function as expected.
He said the city needs to generate a lot of income, so the so-called "areglo" system should stop.
He also said that the City will hold a business summit in October in time for the MassKara Festival.
Puentevella said he also talked to the Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry because the city needs its help, including other organizations.
On the Baywalk issue, Puentevella said the City Legal Office and the management of Baywalk have started discussing the reopening of Baywalk in time for the MassKara festival.
He said that if the public accepts Baywalk as an added attraction for the MassKara, the City will set aside legal questions on its operation and give way for its reopening for a month.
Baywalk is willing to comply, he said.
The mayor also said that the City will put up life guards at nighttime so that those who are tipsy could be prevented from accidentally falling at sea.
He said by next week, the permit of Baywalk will be out.
He appealed to City Council members to be business friendly.
"We will only question businesses that are not good but to those businesses that can bring tourists to Bacolod, it is about time to help and encourage them to legitimize their business. I also thanked Bishop Vicente Navarra for cooperating with the city even to the point of losing some income as the kiosks will no longer be allowed at the public plaza," Puentevella said. (CNC)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 02, 2013.