Several business establishments owned by foreign nationals on Boracay island have been ordered closed by the government.
In a list released on Tuesday, eleven restaurants and other businesses mostly owned by Chinese and Korean nationals were shut down for lack of necessary permits to operate.
Establishments ordered for closure are listed below:
1. Bella’s Bar and Restaurant
2. Great Wall Inn and Restaurant
3. Old Captain Cuisine
4. Ken Minimart
5. Ken St.
6. Island Staff Restaurant
7. Coco Spa
8. Kim Ji Man
9. W Hostel Boracay Dragon
10. VIP Souvernir Shop
11. YH World Network Services, Inc.
The list was released by the Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group following a crackdown and inspection of businesses with names and signage written in foreign characters from May 7 to May 9, 2019.
Out of the 49 establishments inspected, the 11 stores listed were found without mayor’s permit while 14 were unable to complete requirements in putting up a business as stated in a local ordinance.
Closure order for these establishments has been issued by the Office of the Municipal Mayor following a recommendation by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
Authorities said these establishments will not be allowed to operate until they are found to be compliant with the local ordinance articulating the process that must be followed when opening a business in the world-renowned island. (with details from Vincent Arboleda)
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