Cebu City gives green light for Rico’s Lechon’s return
CEBU, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella has lifted the closure order of the Rico’s Lechon establishments of Melanies Leachon House and 3MRS Dionson Corporation two years after being shut down by the previous administration.
In the letter dated July 25, Labella had informed Mr. George Pua, president of Meat Concepts Corporation, that the closure order will be lifted pursuant to the findings of the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) and Cebu City Legal Office opinion.
Meat Concepts Corp. is the new owner of the Rico’s Lechon Chain.
“This does not constitute as a precedent in order to justify the non-securing of the required business permit for the succeeding years,” read a portion of the order.
To recall, former mayor Tomas Osmeña ordered the closure of the branches of Rico’s Lechon in Barangay Mabolo and along N. Escario Street for allegedly operating without business permits.
But previous management of the known brand believed that it was a personal vendetta that allegedly prompted Osmeña to close the establishments since the management decided to stop the partnership in one of the branches with the former mayor’s daughter-in-law.
Labella, under his term, said he will allow people to do business in the city for as long as requirements will be complied with.
“You are hereby reminded to ensure compliance with the terms for the issuance of your business permit as well as the applicable laws and ordinances pertinent to the conduct of your business,” the mayor said.
Labella said the lifting of the closure order should not be used as a justification for the issuance of business permits for other business establishment which failed to secure necessary business permit.
City Legal Officer Rey Gealon said there is no longer any legal impediment to open the establishments provided that the management has complied with all the requirements for the issuance of a business permit.
BPLO Head Jared Limquiaco said the establishments known as the Rico’s Lechon will be opened once the taxes and other regulatory fees will be settled.
Limquiaco said the management has to submit application for the printing of provisional business permit.
“Once naa na ang provisional, pwede na sila mo-do business. But during this time, they need to comply with other regulatory requirements like inspections from various offices life BFP (Bureau of Fire Protection, CCENRO (City Environment and Natural Resources Office, CTO (City Treasurer’s Office), etc,” he said.
The final printing of business permit will also be undertaken once the requirements will be complied with.
Limquiaco said the city is now processing the streamlining of the issuance of business permits. — GAN (FREEMAN)