By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat
Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez has called for the suspension of operations of China Food City in Las Pinas City for various violations, including sanitation.
Lopez conducted a surprise inspection of the establishment for allegedly serving Chinese only customers.
During his visit, the Secretary found that all 30 stalls in the food city have different receipts printed in Chinese.
The license and permit of the business under MFD Cuisine were the only ones visible and available in the area.
“If all the stalls are under one ownership and registration, there must also be a common receipt,” the trade chief said.
Lopez observed that there were different receipts per stall and they were in Chinese characters, which meant they did not have the proper individual business permits and official receipts from the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
Lopez, however, asked the Las Piñas government to evaluate if the business permit of the food hub applies to all the 30 food stalls in the complex.
Lopez also did not see proper sanitation permits on display.
There was also a lack of proper waste disposal and waste treatment facility since food wastes went directly to the canals and into the adjacent creek.
The DTI team likewise saw about five foreign-looking personnel running through the backdoor as they were arriving, which suggested that they did not have the proper workers’ permits.
But there was no customer discrimination happening in the area since there were Filipino customers.
The DTI chief immediately summoned Las Piñas Business Permits and Licensing Office Chief Wilfredo Gaerlan to attend to all these deficiencies and to issue a Suspension of Operations pending the correction of the necessary permits.
Lopez also immediately relayed the findings to the Secretaries of the Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Labor and Employment, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for proper action.