Davao City—Four additional resorts in Malabog area here were shut down by the city government after they were found operating without business permits.
Assistant City Administrator for Operation Lawrence Bantiding said the closure of the resorts only means the city is serious in its campaign of shutting down establishments that do not comply with the law.
One of the consequences of not complying with business permits is that the area where the establishment is located might endanger the public, he added.
“There is a need for us to regulate these resorts in order for us to have a sustainable tourism without compromising our environment,” Bantiding said.
Once an investor complies with the business permit requirement, he or she can easily find out if the area is suitable for development or not.
“Everyone who wishes to put up an establishment should go through the process. One of this is to go to the City Planning and Development Office to ensure that the area is under the allowable use of the city,” Bantiding said.
The City Planning and Development Office is currently validating if the area where the resorts are located are under the allowable use of the city.
Bantiding said the aim of the city is to have a tourism establishment that is safe and will last because they have complied with the requirements of the city.
He vowed that Davao will continue to close establishments that do not have business permits.