Manila gov’t shuts down commercial building for operating without permit

Aileen Cerrudo

Manila’s Bureau of Permits has shut down a commercial building in Malate, Manila for operating without a business permit since 2004.

The Bureau of Permits served a closure order against a four-storey commercial building in Malate that was operating as a real estate lessor.

Bureau of Permits director Levi Facundo said the closure will affect at least five establishments that were used as office space.

“We are serious in implementing the rules and regulations. Kung masanay sila na kahit okay lang na walang permit (if they got used to operating without permit), it’s wrong,” he said.

He also encouraged the public to apply and process their business permits to avoid any inconvenience. Applicants can email permits@manila.gov.ph to apply for a business permit or call the following hotlines: 8-527-0871 or 5-310-1558.

“They have to make sure na ang negosyo nila ay (that their business is) legally permitted by the city because if not, the business will suffer,” Facundo said. AAC

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