The Manila City government on Wednesday, October 9, ordered the closure of Isetann Mall along Recto Avenue after it was discovered that it was violating city ordinances and misrepresenting applications for permits.
Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said Tri-Union Properties Inc., the mall’s owner, was operating as a lessor “without the necessary business permit.”
The Mayor himself served the closure order to the mall’s management.
“In relation to the multiple leased out stalls and spaces, there is no valid and existing business permit as a lessor,” Domagoso said.
Domagoso said that Tri-Union Properties, Inc. was misrepresenting its actual business area since it declared that it was only occupying 1,000 square meters.
He also chided the mall for having a “questionable number of employees” because under their valid business permit, they should only have 10 employees.
“Under its valid business permit, there is a declared area of 1,000 square meters with 10 employees/personnel,” he added.
On the other hand, Trans-Orient Management Services, the mall’s operator, was performing the property management functions and serices but “has no valid and existing business permit.”
“In the case of Trans-Orient Management Services, Inc., it is operating as a property management service provider without the necessary business permit,” Domagoso said.
Likewise, only one out of four operational cinemas inside the mall complex has a business permit.
“In relation to the operational cinemas, there is an existing and valid business permit for only one of the said cinemas operated by Cineworld Cinema, Inc. valid until end of 2019,” he said.
However, the Mayor said Isetann Mall may reopen once they are able to comply with the requirements mandated by the local government. MANILA CITY PIO