MANILA, Philippines – The president of a popular burger chain decried yesterday the closure of its outlets in Quezon City for lack of the required business permits.
“There is no truth to the allegations of Quezon City Market Development and Administration Department (MDAD) chief Neil Lina that only 21 of 85 Burger Machine outlets in the city are operating with business permits,” Gilmore Foods Corporation’s Tessa Acuna said in a letter to the Inquirer.
Acuna attached photocopies of official receipts issued by the licensing and permits office of the city government, proving that they paid for the permits.
“Burger Machine is a homegrown business that started in Quezon City more than a quarter century ago and has been operating legitimately since, providing hundreds of jobs in the city and thousands more nationwide,” Acuna said in her letter. She added that she was saddened by the “unfairness of the situation.”
“We are therefore looking into filing administrative, civil and criminal charges against the individuals who have participated in the harassment we have been experiencing for the last six months,” Acuna said.
Lina, however, said the official receipts were not equivalent to actual business permits.
“They may have paid the fees required to obtain business permits, but there are requirements they still have to satisfy in order to be considered legitimate by the city government, such as occupation and sanitary permits,” Lina said. He added he had yet to receive the copies of the receipts which Acuna said were proofs of their payment.
He added that Gilmore Foods Corporation still owed the city government P10 million in unpaid taxes and fees.