Mayor eyes to form task force to address proliferation of fake permits

Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (File photo)
Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (File photo)

BACOLOD City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez is now planning to create a task force to address the proliferation of fake business permits in the city.

This was after the mayor received complaints that there were fake business permits issued to some business establishments in the city.

“Obviously, we have several business establishments here that managed to secure fake permits,” Benitez said Tuesday, August 1.

He said the task force will be created to do a survey and inspect the validity of the business permits, adding that almost 30 percent of business establishments failed to secure permits.

The mayor noted that possibly, the city may lose at least P100,000 of local revenues because of the fake business permits or no permits.

City Legal Officer Romeo Carlos Ting, Jr., earlier said that they will send a letter to the four business establishment owners this week so they can give full detail on how they secured a fake business permit.

He said the four business owners earlier informed their office that they have fake business permits.

“Maybe they availed the services of the fixers, but they were given a fake business permit,” he added.

Ting noted that the business owners should identify the individuals who are involved in the issuance of fake business permits at the Bacolod City Government Center.

CLO records showed at least 90 fake business permits have been found during the renewal of the permit.*

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