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many businesses in barangays operating without permit

BAGUIO CITY – Many business establishments in the barangays are operating without the necessary business permits.
This was gleaned from the initial data gathered from the first 24 barangays that submitted detailed lists of business firms operating in their areas either with or without permits in compliance with the directive of Mayor Mauricio Domogan.
The mayor gave the barangays until last July 20 to submit the list but so far only the following barangays have complied: Alfonso Tabora, Ambiong, Aurora Hill Proper, BGH Compound, Burnham-Legarda, Camdas Subd., City Camp Proper, DPS Compound, Happy Homes-Lucban, Harrison-CRA Compound, Irisan, Lower General Luna, Middle Quezon Hill, North Central Aurora Hill, Pacdal, Palma-Urbano , San Antonio Village, Session Road, SLU-SVP, South Drive, T. Alonzo, Upper General Luna, Upper City Market and Upper Quezon
Based on the data culled from the said barangays, a total of 868 business establishments out of 3,314 operate without business permits.
Imelda Village had the most number of illegal businesses with 236 grossly outnumbering the legitimate ones at only 19. San Luis came in second with 129 unlicensed businesses against 86 licensed ones. The rest also had considerable number of unsanctioned businesses.
Session Road’s data presented a contrast with a 100 percent compliance by a total of 687 business firms, all operating with permits along with Middle Quezon Hill with 180 establishments and DPS Compound with 29.
More illegal businesses are expected to be uncovered as the rest of the barangays turn in their own data in the coming days, according to executive assistant to the mayor, Jose Atanacio who is collating the data.
The mayor ordered the census of businesses in the barangays to enable the city “to establish a benchmark on the actual number of business establishments operating with or without business permits in the city and to provide a database for our revenue-generating and service-oriented establishment.”
The mayor asked the barangay captains to include in the report “the actions you have undertaken to force all business establishments in your barangays to acquire the appropriate business permits from the city government prior to their operations.”
The directive is also part of the mayor’s year-round campaign against illegal businesses operating in the city which has resulted to the issuance of close to 500 closure orders this year. – A Refuerzo

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