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Malay LGU Closes Illegal Business Firms

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BORACAY Island, Malay Aklan- Malay town Mayor Floribar Bautista confirmed Monday that he has ordered the temporary closure of several business establishments here for failure to obtain business permits. Others have been ordered closed after they found out about several environmental-related ordinances.

In an interview Monday, Bautista said those who failed to obtain business permits and were ordered closed were given until March 31 to comply.

It was gathered that the local government started the crackdown by closing several business firms, many of which have been here in Boracay since October 2022.

“Some of those firms ordered closed has made an appeal. We are giving them a chance to comply,” he said.

It was gathered that the Business Permit and Licensing Unit of the LGU are still inspecting several establishments in mainland Malay to determine which still do not have business permits.

In a Facebook announcement, Dennis Briones, officer in charge of the licensing unit, said that both business and the mayor’s permit registration had been extended until March 31.

This developed after the Sannguniang Bayan of Malay recently issued Resolution 23 Series of 2023, extending the deadline for both business and the mayor’s permit renewal.

The SB has decided to extend the deadline as Malay town is still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The deadline for business registration was supposed to be January 21 of every year.

In January of this year, Bautista ordered the suspension of new construction and renovation along the main roads of this resort island.

The order was based on the recommendations issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to ensure the environmental sustainability of Boracay.