By Dhel Nazario
Two high-end apparel stores and an international perfume shop located at the luxury resort hotel Okada Manila were padlocked over the weekend after they failed to settle their annual business permit obligations.
For non-payment of business fees and permits for the past years, ordered closed were Tommy Hilfiger, an American premium clothing company; and Joe Fresh, a fashion brand and retail chain. Their products also include footwear, beauty, and cosmetics.
Also shut down was Jo Malone London, a British perfume and scented candle brand, located at the ground floor of Okada Manila.
Lawyer Melanie Soriano-Malaya, chief of the City Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO), said the three retailer stores have failed to settle their annual business permit obligations despite sending demand letters early this year.
Soriano-Malaya clarified that the three tenants of Okada Manila did not violate any city ordinances. However, she said, the Okada shops failed to renew their respective business permit costs, mayor’s permit fee and other tax arrears for the past two years.
Two weeks ago, upon orders of Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, the BPLO simultaneously closed a total of 33 erring Chinese-run restaurants and businesses found operating without business permits and violated several city ordinances.
Most of the establishments were located along the stretch of Quirino Avenue, boundaries of Barangays Baclaran and Tambo, where restaurants catering to Chinese workers of the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators are located.
“This is to show that the Olivarez administration is serious in cracking down erring establishments and delinquent taxpayers either local or foreign investor-businessman in the city,” she pointed out.
For his part, Olivarez warned another seven Chinese-run restaurants located in Multinational Village in Barangay Moonwalk to voluntarily close their respective establishments after they found out during surveillance that they violated several city ordinances.