BAGUIO CITY — Sixteen establishments at the city market were padlocked on Thursday by personnel from the Permits and Licensing Division and Public Order and Safety Division of the City Mayor’s Office for various offenses.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong signed the closure orders for 13 eateries operating as bars in buildings beside Block 4.
The eateries were closed for violation of Tax Ordinance 2000-001, which prohibits the selling or serving of liquor in stalls, booths or stores within the city market.
The crackdown included one sari-sari store for operating without permit, one lumpia manufacturer for lack of permit and unsanitary condition and one bingo joint located at the hotcake section also for lack of permit.
Another bingo stall was issued a notice of violation and faces closure in the coming days.
Licensing Division chief Allan Abayao said the eateries had been advised against serving liquor when they renewed their permits last January but failed to comply.
The establishments’ blatant disregard of the law coupled by the recent stabbing incident in the area prompted the mayor to immediately order their closure.