Manila gov’t orders closure of Isetann Mall

Aileen Cerrudo

The Manila government has ordered the closure of Isetann Mall along Recto Avenue on Wednesday (October 9) due to violations of city ordinances and misrepresenting applications for permits.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso himself served the closure order to the mall’s management.

The Manila Mayor said Isetann Mall was operating as a lessor “without the necessary business permit.”

He also added that the said mall has a questionable number of employees.

“Under its valid business permit, there is a declared area of 1,000 square meters with 10 employees personnel,” according to Moreno.

He also added that there are four operational cinemas in Isetann Mall but only one cinema has a business permit which is valid until the end of 2019.

The mall’s operator, Trans-Orient Management Services was performing the property management functions and services but “has no valid and existing business permit.”

“Sinabihan na namin sa kanila, magko-cooperate sila sa siyudad ng Maynila. Mukhang nasanay sila sa dating administrasyon na para bang walang gobyerno (We already told them to cooperate with the City of Manila. It seemed like they are still used to the previous administration as if there is no existing government),” he said.

According to the Assistant Administrator of Isetann Mall Recto Mercy Jacinto, the mall management accepted the closure order from the local government; however, they were not expecting to have violations when it comes to business permits.

“Ang pagkakaalam namin is mayroon naman kaming business permit (What we know is we have a business permit),” she said.

Moreno said Isetann Mall may reopen once it complies with the requirements mandated by the local government. —AAC

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