City Gov’t closes massage establishment for violation of ‘Public Safety’ ordinance
TACLOBAN CITY (CIO) — The City Government of Tacloban, through its Business Permits and Licenses Division (BPLD), served a closure order on a massage parlor along Zamora Street Wednesday.
Acting BPLD Head Gemafiel Gaspay along with Tacloban City Police Office led the closure on the Marro Massage Services located at YKS Building in Brgy. 26 at around 4:10 p.m.
Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez signed the closure order dated December 11, 2019.
According to Gaspay, the operation was conducted after Hon. Milagros N. Betanzor, Chairwoman of the said barangay reported incidents of prohibited drug use in the establishment.
“Aside from the closure order, we also issued a revocation order for their business permit due to violation of Ordinance No. 99-58 of the Public Health, Welfare and Safety,” she explained.
“We all know that they have violated our ordinance, wherein it’s not allowed to conduct illegal activities. They should follow the legal provisions of our ordinance (Ordinance No.99-58),” Gaspay added.
Meantime, Hon. Betanzor, in an interview, confirmed that she personally requested for the immediate closure and revocation of the establishment’s business permit.
“We submitted the request last Friday (December 6). I’m glad that the City Government took immediate action for I don’t want my barangay to be involved in any illegal activities or drug-related issues,” she stressed.
In a spot report from theTCPO, it was stated that two female workers from the said massage parlor namely; Michelle Bugtong and Cheryl Antonio were arrested last December 5 during the conduct of the buy-bust operation.
The local government urged the establishment owners and operators in the City to follow the law to avoid facing consequences in the future. – C. Merin/CIO