Businesses sans permits get warning

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Saturday, April 26, 2014


ONLY more than 8,000 business establishments in Bacolod City have secured permits out of the approximately 18,000 firms currently operating in the city, records of the Permits and Licensing Division of the City Mayor’s Office show.

The figure shows that only about 60 percent of businesses in Bacolod are legitimately operating, said division acting head Marie Ann Biasca.

Biasca said that as of yesterday, they have not yet finalized the exact number of establishments that have secured business permits or those who have renewed their business licenses.

She said they have formed a joint inspection team that has started inspecting business establishments for their permits in compliance with the order of Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella to require those that have not applied or renewed their business permits to comply.

“We are conducting a very comprehensive and aggressive inspection of all business permits beginning Monday so I am giving business establishments two weeks to apply for business permits,” Puentevella had earlier said.

Last Wednesday, inspectors have started store-to-store visits to determine which business establishments have no permits.

Biasca said their office grants the business permit when all the clearances from the Bureau of Fire Protection, Office of the Building Official, City Environment and Natural Resources Office, City Planning and Development Office, City Health Office, among others have been complied with by the applicant.

“The data can be useful in preparation for 2015 because those that have been inspected will automatically be given clearance which they can use in their application next year,” she added.

Biasca said there are those who declare their line of business as only “sari-sari store” but when inspected, they are found selling rice and LPG tanks which is a violation of permits issued to them.

Violators will be issued a notice for first to third offenses before their businesses are ordered closed.

“We have to observe due process so that business establishment owners will be given the chance to comply with the requirements of the law,” she said.

Biasca urged business owners to secure permits because that it is right way to have a legitimate business operation.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 26, 2014.

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