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Baywalk, city gov't air
stands on permit issue

The management of the Bacolod Baywalk Restaurant and Entertainment Place at the Bacolod Reclamation Area yesterday said they have all the necessary permits to operate the business.

Dennis Cortes, legal counsel of Almana Property and Development Corp, that operates Baywalk, said their company is entitled to all the legal rights for the development and maintenance of the business.

Cortes said they purchased the property from a registered private entity and there are no indications in the title that the property belongs to any other entity.

He also said they have the necessary permits but there was only a question of the address.

He said Vicente Petierre III, former Permits and Licensing Division head, said that he is willing to assist them in correcting what he could the “minor defects” regarding the address of the business.

Cortes said they are happy that the city is offering a business-friendly solution to the matter.

Petierre, Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlungsod, however, said the address in the Mayor's permit of Baywalk is Brgy. Singcang, which is the address of its principal corporation, Almana Property and Development Corp. but it is operating at the Reclamation Area.

He said he explained to Cortes that the matter cannot be rectified by a mere amendment and that they should get a new Mayor's permit.

When they applied for a Mayor's permit for their business address in Brgy. Singcang, Petierre said there were zoning, fire and health clearances secured that referred to its building in that barangay. That is why their permit cannot just be amended, considering that other offices like the Bureau of Fire, City Health Office and City Planning Office have to conduct site inspection.

Meanwhile, Cortes said they have not received any notice of violation from the Office of the Building Official and asked to whom was it addressed and who signed it.

He also said Baywalk is a place of entertainment and is family- oriented. It is supposed to be a place where people and members of their family can enjoy significant leisure time and that are even planning to hold activities in the area during the Lenten season.*CGS

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