2 hotels, orderly retirement home closed

BACOLOD. Bacolod padlocks the two hotels in the city for operating without a business permit on Friday, November 29, 2019. (Photo RMN-DYHB)

BACOLOD.  Bacolod padlocks the two hotels in the city for operating without a business permit on Friday, November 29, 2019. (Photo RMN-DYHB)

BACOLOD. Bacolod padlocks the two hotels in the city for operating without a business permit on Friday, November 29, 2019. (Photo RMN-DYHB)

TWO hotels and a retirement home in the city of Bacolod were closed by the city government on Friday, December 29 for operating without a business license.

The City Legal Office (CLO), along with the Permits and Licensing Division and other agencies, padlocked the Westown Hotel on Corner Luzuiaga-San Juan Streets, the Bacolod Pension Plaza on Cuadra Street, Barangay 21 and Rainbow Retirement Home on Mabini Street, Bacolod City.

The city’s legal office, Joselito Bayatan, said he inspected various establishments in the city that dealt with boarding and lodging, including hotels.

He said they have checked hotels for strict compliance with the safety of their guests and customers.

“Our focus is on safety compliance for their customers and customers, which was required by the Office of Fire Protection (BFP) and Office of the Building Officer (OBO),” he said. -he adds.

The Permits and Licensing Division and BFP have recommended the closure of these commercial establishments for committing certain infractions.

“We have ordered these business establishments to be closed and we have published the security measures for their corrections,” Bayatan said.

He said business establishments would have to comply with the requirements first, so they can operate again.

“It’s an ongoing way of doing it and after that we’ll be going around the guesthouses to inspect their security compliance,” he added.

Both business establishments violated Section 67 of City Ordinance 565 or the City of Bacolod Revised Tax Code.

On November 26, the fire destroyed the Java Pension House, a former Bascon hotel, where six people, including the owner of the pension and members of his family, were killed.

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