10 pension boarding houses face closure

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Ten pension and boarding houses here face closure for lack of permit to operate.

City Permits and Licensing Division Head Stela Rose Rayos said they recommended the closure to the City Legal Office.

Rayos said they already issued two notices to said establishments informing them to secure their permits.

It is up to the CLO if it will implement the recommendation.

The city government has inspected around 150 boarding houses, dormitories, hotels, and other lodging establishments, 77 of which are due to receive second notices for various violations.

Rayos also affirmed that the MO2 West Town Hotel-San Juan has re-opened after the management secured the necessary permits and paid the penalties.

Rainbow Pension House and Bacolod Pension Plaza, meanwhile, remain padlocked.

The CLO shuttered the Bacolod Pension Plaza, Rainbow Pension House, and MO2 West Town Hotel-San Juan for violation of City Ordinance No. 565 of 2011, which sets the required permits and fees for businesses.

Rayos said the recent closures are not connected to Java Pension House fire last month, which killed six people. It was later found out that the Java Pension House lacked permits to operate.

The city official also advised establishment owners in the city to secure business permits to avoid future inconvenience.