A dentist is shown in a file photo.
It was in 1999 when then Finance Secretary Edgardo Espiritu signed an order that exempts all medical and dental clinics from applying for business and Mayor’s permit. But because of the autonomy power given to local government units (LGUs), some LGUs do not comply with the order.
Since then, Dra. Flor Enriquez, president of Academy of Orthodontics, has been fighting for the implementation of said ordinance.
“Hindi rin ako nawalan ng pag-asa kasi natalo ako twice. Hindi ko ito iniwanan kasi when I’m committed to serve, committed ako dedicatedly. Nag-perservere ako dahil alam ko ito ang tama,” Dra. Enriquez said.
(I did not lose hope even if I failed twice. I did not let go of this fight because when I’m committed to serve I’m committed dedicatedly. I persevered because I believe this is the truth.)
After more than a decade of fighting, the order has now come to its implementation.
This was after the Department of the Interior and Local Government issued a memorandum circular exempting all medical and dental clinics from acquiring such permits.
However, the exemption does not include clinics that sell products or services such as dermatological clinics.
“Kapag nagtinda sila, they are selling, meron silang advertisement. Minsan, meron pang spa connected sa practice. Hindi pwede ‘yun,” explained Dra. Enriquez.
(When they sell, they have advertisements. Sometimes they have spa connected to their practice; that is not allowed.)
Dr. Boyet Ramirez, a dentist, said, although he was being required to produce such permits before in Quezon City, he firmly insisted that his clinic need not produce a business permit.
“Minsan, may mga nagtatanong sa amin na local government unit, sinasabi ko na lang na hindi na po namin kailangan ‘yan dahil na-implement na po ‘yan,” Dr. Ramirez said.
(Sometimes I am asked by our local government unit, but I just tell them that we don’t need to apply for that because that [ordinance] is already being implemented.)
As stated, those who will not abide by the memorandum circular will be penalized. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue