Manila gov’t lifts closure order on Isetann Recto

Published October 11, 2019, 12:45 PM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By Erma Edera

The local government of Manila has lifted the closure order on Isetann Mall, one of the oldest shopping centers in the nation’s capital, after its management fully secured the appropriate permits needed to operate.

(Manila Public Information Office official facebook page/ MANILA BULLETIN)
(Manila Public Information Office official Facebook page/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Bureau of Permits chief Levi Facundo issued the recommendation for Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso to lift the closure order served against the mall on October 9.

The lift order was approved by Domagoso through Secretary to the Mayor Bernardito Ang.

“Upon coordination with this Office and submission of requirements, this is to confirm that you have substantially complied with the deficiencies/ violatons noted in the Closure Order in relation to the operation of your business,” the lift order stated.

“In view thereof, the Closure Order dated 9 October 2019 is hereby lifted,” it said.

The City government of Manila said Isetann Mall secured all of the required permits to lease space and operate all of its cinemas and they also correctly declared its occupied space and number of employees.

The mall has also paid all of its tax deficiencies worth P2 million after availing of the city government’s tax amnesty program.

In addition to their compliance with the appropriate permits, Isetann Mall promised the city government that it will strictly implement the anti-fencing law in all of the establishments inside the mall.

“In keeping with the instructions of the City Mayor, the sale of secondhand phones will no longer be allowed here at the Isetann Cinerama Complex,” the mall said in a letter to the Mayor.

However, the city government warned Isetann Mall that “any future similar violation or any other violation of the terms and conditions of the business permit may constrain this Office to take similar action or may lead to the revocation of your permit.”

The compliance was met two days after Domagoso personally served the closure order against the mall for various violations of city ordinances and misrepresentation in applications for permits.