Zamboanga: Biz establishments warned vs non-compliance with regulations


Business establishments operating in the city are reminded to comply with city regulations or risk losing their privilege of doing business in Zamboanga.

This after a series of inspections conducted by the local Task Force (TF) Buenas uncovered violations committed by nightspots, hotels, motels, lodging houses, saunas, and other similar establishments.

Speaking before members of the local media during a recent press briefing, city licensing officer Benjie Barredo shared that of the 61 covered establishments inspected on three separate occasions, many were operating without the required permits while others were not compliant with Presidential Decree 1096, otherwise known as the National Building Code of the Philippines.

“Some have no business permits. Some are operating without occupational permits. Some permits are not according to their line of business. Some have no sanitary permits. No health cards. Some have no building permits and occupancy permits, and other deficiencies under the Building Code of the Philippines were noted,” the city official enumerated.

While he assured that offending establishments would be given many opportunities to rectify their lapses, this does not mean the city government will continue to turn a blind eye.

Barredo explained, “Ta dale kita three notices. After the third notice, if without action on the end of the business operator, we will forward [the matter] to City Legal [Office] which will investigate. Si chene ya kita el opinion from the legal office, then we will convene the Adjudication Committee where man recommend kame for appropriate action.

“Ta sigi kita el procedure. It does not mean nuay pa kame con ustedes sera, hinde kame ta ase ni nada,” he warned.

TF Buenas was reconstituted las April by virtue of Executive Order No. JD 2023-038. It is tasked to regularly inspect all nightspots, hotels, motels, lodging houses, saunas, and other similar establishments for compliance with city regulations, including policies on sanitation, health and safety, among others. (Claudine Uniana, photo courtesy of BPLO)

(Source: City Government of Zamboanga Facebook page)

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