Businesses in Buda to face review: exec

The city government will check if the tourism establishments along Bukidnon-Davao (Buda) are within the boundary of the city before it could run after the businesses for allegedly failing to secure business permits.

In an interview with reporters yesterday, City Administrator Zuleika Lopez said they could not immediately penalize the businesses in the area as they may fall within the bounds of Arakan, North Cotabato, which is situated in between Marilog District.

There, she said, may be also establishments that are already in the part of Bukidnon.

“But if it falls in the city, it should pay the necessary taxes and comply with city’s policies,” Lopez said.

On March 20, the city council approved a resolution that would create a task force to inspect the tourism resorts in Marilog District and Times Beach in Matina. The resolution was authored by Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, chair of the committee on tourism and international relations.

Alejandre said there are 30 inland resorts in Marilog but only Seagull Mountain Resort and Hill 88 Hideaway have business permits. He said there is a need to look if those establishments failed the city’s policies.

“There is a need to look into these establishments if they indeed followed the ordinances of the city, including the Amended Tourism Code as to their integrity, minimum standards to be complied with, as well as environmental and other concerns,” Alejandre said.

Lopez said there would be a team from the City Tourism Operations Office, City Environment and Natural Resources Office, City Treasurer’s Office, and Business Bureau that would inspect the tourism establishments.

The establishments, she said, would be also monitored for environmental compliance. (KMF)

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