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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, December 5, 2017
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No illegalities allowed
in put up of businesses

Mayor Evelio Leonardia said maximum tolerance is being given to businesses in the city, especially those who are challenged to comply with permits immediately, to maintain the business-friendly environment in Bacolod and addresses the necessities of the public.

However, he also said that they will still not allow illegalities in establishing businesses, referring to the non-compliance with the occupancy permit by the Bacolod Bulk Water Inc., the bulk water supplier of the city's water district.

In a press conference yesterday, Leonardia said that this issue is very big and it affects all, especially because it involves one of the necessities of people, which is water.

“If possible, we do not want illegal businesses here but we give maximum tolerance to them, which is also paramount to other issues,” the mayor said, adding that water is essential to everybody and has bigger importance.

The Office of the Building Official served a violation notice to BBWI Wednesday after inspecting the water provider's facilities.

Building Official Isidro Sun Jr. said BBWI has been ordered to shut down because it has not secured an occupancy permit.

But BBWI assured that they are preparing the documents for the permit.

Another inspection will be made at the site to check if it has finally secured the permit, Sun said, adding that if it has not, the OBO might issue a second notice of violation.

Businessman John Sy had written Sun to tell him that BBWI was drawing water from Ngalan River and started delivering to Baciwa consumers.

In his letter dated November 29, Sy said BBWI started delivering water to the water district's mainline as part of the test run. Based on a press release from Baciwa assistant manager for Operations, Jenelyn Gemora, the BBWI started delivering on November 9, he added.

Sy said BBWI does not have a permit from the National Water Resources Board to draw water from the Ngalan River.

Sy said he learned this after receiving a letter from NRWB executive director Sevillo David Jr., dated November 24, in response to his request for a cease-and-desist order, and to close down the facilities of BBWI for failure to acquire the necessary permit.

He also filed a complaint with the police about this matter Saturday. *MLG


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