Medical, dental clinics exempted from business permits

admin   •   December 16, 2016   •   3523

A dentist is shown in a file photo.

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[/embed]

Valenzuela City suspends business permit of factory that paid worker in coins

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 30, 2021

Valenzuela City suspended the business permit of the factory that paid one of its workers in five and 10-centavo coins worth P1,056.

In a meeting at city hall on Wednesday (June 30), the owner of plastic hose factory NexGreen Enterprise admitted not paying factory worker Russel Mañoza the proper wages.

According to the city’s Workers’ Affairs Office, Mañoza should have received P55,000 for the five months of work he rendered for NexGreen.

During the meeting, NexGreen’s owner said there was a misunderstanding which led to the wages being paid in coins. He said the coins were meant for religious offering and were handed out to Mañoza by mistake. However, the owner said he will accept any punishment since it is his command responsibility.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, meanwhile, was not convinced by the owner’s defense and said the company also has other violations which include unpaid statutory benefits including Social Security System (SSS), PAG-IBIG, and others.

Mañoza also said that he had made complaints regarding labor practices in the factory and alleged that the owner paid him in coins to spite him.

The local government has given the NexGreen Enterprise 24 hours to rectify the violations. It will also look into the company’s public documents to look into unpaid statutory benefits. Meanwhile the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will conduct ocular inspection in the factory. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

QC gov’t threatens to revoke business permits of PUVs violating health protocols

Marje Pelayo   •   December 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government warned operators and companies of public transportation registered in the City that their business permit may be revoked if they continue to violate minimum health protocols.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte made the pronouncement as she issued Executive Order No. 45, which mandates the observance of minimum health protocols in public transportation.

The order covers buses, jeepneys, tricycle, taxis, among others, during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Mayor issued the order after it was brought to her attention that some public utility vehicles are not following health protocols, especially physical distancing.

Belmonte reiterated in her EO the wearing of face masks and face shields by all persons in the vehicle, observance of physical distancing of at least one meter between each person and regular disinfection of all high-touch surfaces such as seats, armrests and handles.

“It is necessary to reaffirm and reinforce compliance with these minimum health protocols on public transportation, considering the increasing volume of passengers as the economy reopens,” she stressed.

She emphasized that the business permit of the offending transportation company or operator may be revoked under City Ordinance No. 2934, S. 2020 or any applicable Ordinance.

This is aside from the filing of appropriate charges under other applicable Ordinance or Republic Act 11332, or the “Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act,” the lady Mayor added.

Zamboanga LGU orders closure of a local TV station

admin   •   October 26, 2017

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MANILA, Philippines — Due to lack of necessary documents such as a permit to operate and business permit, the city government of Zamboanga has ordered the closure of E-Media Productions Incorporated, a local TV station operating in the city.

According to city legal officer, Atty. Jesus Carbon, it is a point-blank violation of the laws of Zamboanga.

Local officials also discovered that the station’s contract has been expired since October 14, 2016.

“The mayor, in the enforcement of this ordinance, has issued a closure order because nobody is supposed to operate here in the city without a business permit,” said Atty. Carbon.

Aside from this, authorities also discovered a fake contract of the said TV station.

The E-Media Productions Incorporated began to air in the city last 2013.

On Tuesday, the city council resolution ordering its closure received a majority vote.

“The city of Zamboanga and pertinent national laws that apply in this particular case giving bases or resulting took the closure of the E-Media and such other outfits that may be similarly situated in the city of Zamboanga I so moved Mr. Chairman,” said Zamboanga City councilor Charlie Mariano.

The E-Media Broadcasting Network has yet to comment on the matter.

Zamboanga authorities called on business establishments in the city to follow the law and ordinance of the local government to avoid encountering problems.

They will also file charges against the TV station if it refuses to follow the order. — Abi Sta. Ines | UNTV News & Rescue


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