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Osmeña goes hard on permit violators

Rico Osmeña

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CEBU CITY — The city government has started clamping down on businesses found in violation of rules on permits, resulting in the closure of some among the 593 establishments it is probing for various infractions.

The city government loses around P1 billion yearly for these companies’ failure to secure business permits.

Melvin Bacalso, head of the Task Force on Inspection and Investigation of Business Permits, revealed 19 commercial establishments have already been closed.

These firms, Bacalso said, lacked permits to operate.

Among the controversial closures made was that of well-known Rico’s Lechon. Its restaurants and commissary, according to Bacalso, were shut down by the local government.

Another controversial shutdown was that of Vic Enterprises in Barangay Mabolo, also for lacking a permit to operate.

It is the top supplier of construction materials in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Bacalso said City Mayor Tomas Osmeña also recently signed 17 more closure orders of establishments for permit violations.

Melvin Bacalso, head of the Task Force on Inspection and Investigation of Business Permits, revealed 19 commercial establishments have already been closed.

According to Osmeña, the city government loses around P1 billion yearly for these companies’ failure to secure business permits.

Osmeña said only full compliance with the national and local laws will restore the closed establishments’ legal status.

Most the firms ordered closed by Osmeña are into food, catering, amusement, entertainment and services.

The businesses were under probe since early this year.

Those checked were from Barangays Sambag 1, Kamputhaw, Luz, Capitol, Mabolo, Kasambayan, Apas, Pahina Central, Kalubihan and Santo Niño.

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