The Bacolod City government will not hesitate to enforce the closure of establishments that are not compliant with business permits and other requirements that will allow them to continue their operation in the city.
The City Legal Office implemented the closure of a hotel and two pension houses in Bacolod City Friday upon the recommendation of thePermits and Licensing Division of the Mayor's Office following a joint inspection it conducted together with the Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Office of the Building Official.
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday that after these establishments have been notified about their non-compliance with the requirements, and if they still fail to comply, they will be issued a second warning. If they still fail to comply, this will be referred to the City Legal Office for implementation.
City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan, said earlier that these establishments failed to comply with fire safety requirements of the BFP. Some have disfunctional facilities like sprinkler systems that need repair and maintenance, or lack of fire alarms so they were required to observe strict compliance.
Bayatan said the OBO and BFP conduct regular inspection as a requirement before establishments could be issued a mayor's permit.
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said the processing of business permits could take about two months to complete while it could only take about three days for businessmen to comply with all their requirements except when there are violations that could cause the delay.*
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