The Bureau of Permits encouraged business owners operating in the nation’s capital to “continue dreaming again” despite losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bureau of Permits Director Levi Facundo said on Monday, October 12, that the Manila Restaurant Week proved that “anything is possible” through unity.”With the newly ended Manila Restaurant Week, we can prove that together we can stand and overcome our fear and slowly move to normalcy,” Facundo said.

“We are encouraging everyone, small or big businesses to never stop believing, face the challenge and dream again!” he added.

Restaurant owners have expressed their gratitude to the Manila City government for making Manila Restaurant Week possible, citing huge revenue gains during the period. “Our heartfelt thanks for the overwhelming response of restaurant owners and consumers who participated and patronized the Manila Restaurant Week,” Facundo said.

“Manila Restaurant Week may have just ended but we will be back in December for a much bigger citywide gastronomic experience! Let’s continue to support our local businesses. Buy, eat, drink and shop local!” he added.

Manila Restaurant Week was a week-long event hosted by the local government intended to support and strengthen local businesses operating in the nation’s capital. Consumers who actively participated in Manila Restaurant Week were also given prizes and tokens from the Manila City government. Winners may claim their prizes at the Bureau of Permits, Monday to Friday and from 1pm to 4pm. Winner must bring a valid ID in order to claim their prize. —FMO