Bacolod City Permits and Licensing Division head Vicente Petierre III again reminded the public to beware of fixers after a fake business permit under the named Francisco Gustilo was discovered recently.
Gusitilo, a businessman from Fortune-Towne, Brgy. Estefania, Bacolod City, said someone had processed the business permit for him last year yet.
Petierre said that even before the One-Stop-Shop for the renewal of business permits started, he had already informed taxpayers through the tri-media, that his office is open to all those who need assistance, and that his employees do not charge any fees.
There is no need for them to seek the help of outsiders to process their Mayor’s permit, he said.
Petierre said they have also received complaints from taxpayers that someone, who is not an employee, has been charging P600 for an application form that it does not cost anything.
He said he has discussed with City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan the need to conduct an investigation on the matter, particularly to identify those responsible for fabricating fake business permits.
Petierre said Gustilo personally went to his office bringing the copy of his previous business permit with him, unknowing that it was not legitimate, having been processed by a fixer a year ago.
The numbers were not registered under his name but instead under the Baylon Lines, a common carrier business. Its application number is that of the Intrepid Security System Inc., a security and detective agency, he said.
Petierre said the paper used in the fake permit has a darker shade of green than that of the original business permit of the city, while the illustration of the Bacolod City Government Center in the original copy was clearer and more detailed, compared to the fake one.
Petierre advised permit holders to process their business permits personally to avoid being duped.
Meanwhile, records of the Permits and Licensing Division showed that, as of yesterday, there are 259 new applicants for business permit and 5,168 permit holders who renewed their permits since January 2. *NCN