It is almost certain that the Bacolod Baywalk and Entertainment Place will be granted a special permit to operate at the Reclamation Area for the MassKara festivities, Bacolod City Administrator Rolando Villamor said yesterday.
Villamor said he believes the permit may have been granted by the Mayor to Baywalk already since it will be opening on Friday.
He earlier relayed to the representative of Baywalk the desire of Mayor Monico Puentevella to operate the establishment only for the duration of the MassKara Festival.
Puentevella had also said he will ask the City Council to “experiment with it as a probable tourist attraction during the MassKara festivities.
He said he plans to have lighted bancas or pumpboats at the Baywalk area at night time to add to the festive atmosphere of the activity.
Villamor said Baywalk has an agreement with the Bacolod Kasadya Foundation Inc. with the participation of the Bureau of Internal Revenue regarding the taxes due the BIR concerning its temporary operation.
He said about 40 kiosks will be set up inside the area and there is an arrangement with the Bacolod Kasadya Foundation Inc. on how these will be ran, including the collection and sharing scheme.
The Bacolod City Legal Office implemented the closure of Baywalk, which was operated by Almana Property Development Corp., on April 22, invoking R.A. 7160, and it cannot operate until it has completely complied with all legal requirements for its operation.
The establishment was ordered to cease and desist from further conducting business, in its notice of revocation of Mayor’s permit dated April 19.
The address it gave in the Mayor’s permit was Brgy. Singcang, which is the address of its principal corporation, Almana Property and Development Corp., while it was actually operating at the Reclamation Area.
Almana asked to be given 90-day extension for it to comply with the mandated business permit .
The 2-hectare site of the Baywalk was opened at the Reclamation Area on February 14.*CGS