El Nido clamps down on unlicensed businesses

Business licensing staff and personnel of the municipal government of El Nido closed down 15 travel and tour agencies for operating without licenses and permits.

Some 25 travel and tour agencies in El Nido were ordered closed Thursday by the municipal government for operating without business licenses and permits.

Municipal licensing staff Raffy Sabroso said the establishments will remain closed until they are able to obtain their business licenses.

“Actually, we already gave them notices beforehand at matagal na din sila napagbigyan at hanggang ngayon di pa rin sila nagco-comply,” Sabroso stated.

A banner hangs to indicate that the establishment was ordered closed for operating without business permit.

Ordered closed were Isla El Nido, Custeau, Alpha Gemini, Kaskasero, Balay Paraguay, Infinity, Tropical, Byaheros, Majeca Travel and Tours, The Natural Beauty Travel and Tours, Balay Kubo Travel and Tours, Valencia on the Go, El Nido Paradise, Hidden Paradise Travel and Tours, El Gordo Travel and Tours, Rizza Sol Travel and Tours, Naamans Travel and Tours, El Nido Island Tours, Divans travel and Tours, DJ Explorer Travel and Tours, El Nido Corner Travel and Tours, Midnight Sun Travel and Tours, El Nido Tour, and two others which have no names.

The two unnamed businesses are reportedly owned by Genebeth Naelon and Jeffrey Rodota, he said.

He said while some of the owners of the travel and tour agencies are defiant about their closure, those who have licenses to operate appreciated the move.

Benly Lim, president of the El Nido Travel and Tours Operators Association (ENTTOA), said they welcome the municipal government’s move since they have been campaigning for it to fix the issue for the sake of those who are operating with business permits and licenses.

“Siguro naman naiintindihan din nila ang aming panig, napaka-unfair po sa amin, sa mga may license to operate island tours samantalang ang iba tuloy ang operation kahit walang lisensya,” Lim said.

Sabroso said after the crackdown on travel and tour agencies, restaurants and accommodations that have no business permits will be next.

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