The Manila City government on Thursday, October 3 closed down eight small businesses in Delpan for operating without appropriate business permits and obstructing public roads.

Bureau of Permits chief Levi Facundo served the closure orders to several businesses along Road 10 in Tondo. He was assisted by Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) chief Dennis Viaje and several enforcers.

Establishments that were shut down include unauthorized parking lots, vulcanizing shops, electrical shops and junk shops, among others.

Facundo said a warning was already issued for these establishments on August 10 to give them time to apply for the appropriate permits.

“In the past months, we already conducted inpsections and we have already found out that they don’t have business permits,” Facundo said.

“We gave them ample time na maging maayos ‘yung kanilang negosyo, unfortunately, nakatanggap tayo ng iba pang complaints with multiple violations,” he added.

However, Facundo assured the public that the Manila City government is not anti-poor nor anti-business as he explained that all businesses should have the appropriate permits.

“Ang hinihiling lang po natin sa kanila ay sana ay makipagkita sila dito, pumunta sila dito sa business permits. We will help them, we will give them advice, at ilagay lang po natin sa tamang lugar, tamang ayos and we will help you get your permit in one day,” Facundo said.

Business owners may apply for permits at the newly-created Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) located at the ground floor of the Manila City Hall.

Under the new BOSS, business owners are able to get their permits and licenses in only one day via three steps: File, Pay and Claim.