Manila gov’t shuts down commercial building for operating without permit
Aileen Cerrudo • June 10, 2020 • 383
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 email@example.com 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
Grab PH has announced the resumption of its 24/7 services in Manila and other selected areas across the country.
The new service hours for Grab PH will be effective October 20 in the following areas: Manila (GrabCar & GrabTaxi), Pampanga (GrabCar & GrabTaxi), Cebu (GrabCar & GrabTaxi), Baguio (GrabTaxi), Naga (GrabTaxi), Bacolod (GrabTaxi), Iloilo (GrabTaxi), Cagayan de Oro (GrabTaxi) & Davao (GrabTaxi).
The ride-hailing firm also reminded passengers about the minimum health safety protocols that must be observed, including wearing of face masks and face shields in public transportation.
Grab will also implement cashless payment as mandated by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). AAC
MANILA, Philippines – Public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers, market vendors and employees of various establishments in the Philippine capital will be provided with free RT-PCR tests, the Manila City government said Wednesday.
In a statement, the city’s public information office said Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso issued the order which will cover employees of malls, hotels, restaurants and supermarkets, and vendors in public markets as well as drivers of e-trikes, pedicabs, tricycles, jeepneys and buses operating in the city.
Under Domagoso’s Executive Order No. 39, the Manila Health Department was tasked to provide free swab tests to said workers.
The order follows the launch of Sta. Ana Hospital’s second molecular laboratory, which has the capacity to process around 1,000 tests daily. The additional laboratory will raise the hospital’s test processing capacity to 30,000 a month.
“The real threat of COVID-19 will continue to persist in our community, thereby sending fear to every person of getting infected with it. This fear will affect not only the individual preferences and behavior or every person, but also the economic growth (of the city),” Domagoso said.
“In order to allay the fear of getting infected with COVID-19, there is a need to assure the public that employees of these frequently visited establishments are COVID-19 free and thus spur economic activities,” he added.
Mayor Isko also directed the Manila Bureau of Permits and Licensing Office, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Arts of Manila, and the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau to “require establishments under their jurisdiction to require filling up mandatory health declaration forms for contact tracing purposes.”
The Mayor also said the testing center is open to all Manileños and non-Manileños.
“Kahit sino, puwede magpa-test dito. Kahit hindi taga-Maynila (Anyone can be tested here even if you’re not a Manila resident). [The COVID-19 pandemic] is a universal problem. We have to approach it inclusively. That is why this is open to all and for free,” he said.
Domagoso added that another swab testing laboratory will be opened by the Manila City government. AAC
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