Manila City gov’t lifts closure order on Isetann two days after it was shut down


(Eagle News) — The Manila City government lifted the closure order of Isetann Mall in Recto on Friday, October 11, two days after it was ordered shut down due to numerous violations of city ordinances and for having no business permits.

A statement from the Manila City government said that Isetann Mall was opened after its management “fully secured the appropriate permits needed to operate.”

It said that the Bureau of Permits chief Levi Facundo made the recommendation Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso to lift the closure order served to Isetann on Wednesday, October 9.

The Manila mayor approved the order to lift the closure through Bernardito Ang, the Secretary to the Mayor.

“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 mall owners also promised the city government that it would not allow the selling of second-hand phones inside its premises.

“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.

But the Manila City government warned the owners of Isetann Mall that it would not hesitate to close the mall again if it would be found to be violating the city ordinances, including the conditions of its business permit.

“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.” it warned Isetann.

Isetann Mall secured all of the required permits to lease space and operate all of its cinemas. It has also correctly declared its occupied space and number of employees, a release from the Manila City government said.

It said that the mall had also paid all of its tax deficiencies worth P2 million after availing the city government’s tax amnesty program.

Isetann Mall also promised the city government that it would strictly implement the anti-fencing law in all of the establishments inside the mall.