80 establishments in Taguig City locked up

By Julie M. Aurelio
Last updated 04:11am (Mla time) 08/02/2007

MANILA, Philippines – The city government of Taguig yesterday closed down around 80 commercial establishments on C-5 Road after these were found to be operating without the required permits.


A joint team from the Taguig City police, Business Permit and License Office, Public Order and Safety Office and the Mobile Patrol Group served the closure orders to the owners of the establishments.


The orders covered videoke bars, junk shops, car repair and vulcanizing shops, goat meat retailers and eateries located on the southbound side of C-5 Road, from Palar Village to Heritage Park.


Mayor Freddie Tinga earlier ordered a crackdown on establishments found to be operating without the necessary business permits.


Jeff Minglana, BPLO officer in charge, said the owners of these businesses were violating the local government code or Republic Act 7160 as well as the Taguig Revenue Code which requires them to secure business, sanitation and other pertinent permits from the city government.


“None of these establishments had the necessary permit to operate in this particular area. The city government is very strict in the issuance of permits, particularly in Palar,” he added.


Minglana said his office posted signs outside these establishments to inform the public of the closure.


Their owners, he added, were also notified beforehand.


Taguig police chief Supt. Alfred Corpus said the serving of the closure orders was done peacefully.


“While we did not really expect resistance from the owners, peace and order remain our top priority as we implement the order,” he said.


Minglana warned the owners against reopening their establishments or else they would be penalized by the city government.


“Follow-up operations will be conducted in the coming weeks to ensure the continuous implementation of the closure order,” he said.


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