A regular business permit was granted by the City Government of Bacolod to the Almana Property Development Corporation that operates the Bacolod Baywalk Restaurant and Entertainment Place to run its business at the Reclamation Area until December 31, Bacolod City Administrator Rolando Villamor said yesterday.
Mayor Monico Puentevella had earlier said they plan to issue Baywalk a business permit to make it an added attraction for the MassKara Festival.
Villamor said the City Permits and Licensing Division could not issue a special permit to the operators of kiosks and food carts inside the Baywalk area unless the establishment has a regular permit.
He said after an evaluation by the City Legal Office, Baywalk was granted a regular permit valid until December 31.
Baywalk owners committed to operate their business within the duration of the 34th MassKara Festival although their permit is valid until December 31, he added.
Villamor said Baywalk, which resumed its operations Friday, has complied with all the requirements under the law so it was issued a regular permit.
It was temporarily closed down by the Leonardia administration because it failed to comply with the requisites of a business permit. It indicate that its office address is in Brgy. Singcang-Airport but was actually operating at the Reclamation Area.
Baywalk started its operation in Bacolod City on February 14.
Meanwhile, Villamor yesterday said Puentevella is evaluating the presence of the ukay-ukay (used clothing) business at the Bacolod City Hall whether it should continue in the area or not, after receiving mixed reactions from the public.
Villamor said the place is supposed to be a “baratillo area” for local products to be sold at discounted price. But most of the businesses involved ukay-ukay.
Asked if the ukay-ukay vendors have business permits, Villamor said he believes they have an arrangement with the Bacolod Kasadya Foundation Inc. in coordination with the city. “A certain amount has been paid by them to sell ukay-ukay but I do not know the exact amount,” he said.*CGS