“As long as the Bacolod Baywalk Restaurant and Entertainment Place at the Reclamation Area in Bacolod City complies with the requirements, they will be allowed to re-open.”
This was the reaction of Bacolod Councilor Caesar Distrito, yesterday when asked about the plan of Mayor Monico Puentevella to re-open the establishment in time for the MassKara Festival in October.
Puentevella had earlier said that he will move for the re-opening of Baywalk and will ask the City Council to “experiment” with it as a probable tourist attraction during the MassKara Festival from October 1 -19.
Distrito, chairman of the Sangguniang Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Governance, said “If they have no business permit, I think they should comply first. I am not privy to whether they have already complied, but if they have, they should be allowed to operate again.”
The Bacolod City government, under the previous administration, temporarily closed down the operation of Baywalk early this year because of a deficiency in its business permit.
The address given in the Mayor's permit, is Brgy. Singcang, which is the address of its principal corporation, Almana Property and Development Corp., but it is operating at the Reclamation Area.
Distrito said Baywalk has no business permit and no Environmental Compliance Certificate from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
They are not opposing any business from operating as long as they comply with the law. If they have the requirement, they should be allowed to operate, he said.*CGS