ILOILO – Acting Mayor Vicente Flores Jr. of Oton town issued a closure order against a beach resort that was found to have violated the health and safety protocols established by the local government unit and the Iloilo provincial government.
On Sept. 7, Flores ordered the closure of Padi Beach Resort located in Barangay Poblacion South.
According to the order, the resort was opening despite its being “under the category of businesses that should remain closed”, and allowing dine-ins.
The closure took effect Sept. 7 until Sept. 15.
The beach resort’s operation was discovered after a concerned citizen complained that the resort was allegedly selling expired soft drinks.
Evelyn Cabrillos, in an interview with Aksyon Radyo Iloilo, said she went with some friends to the resort last Sept. 5.
They reportedly bought four 1.5 liters of soft drinks and took one home.
On Sept. 6 they discovered that the drink’s expiration date was Aug. 14.
The resort management insisted they did not open the beach resort; they only allowed dine-in because they believed the provincial government was allowing it.
As for the complaint of expired soft drinks, it will be further investigated by the management.
Based on Defensor’s Executive Order No. 305-C issued on Tuesday, the following are specified:
* Restaurants and other food establishments to operate but limited to take-out and delivery only.
* Accommodation establishments are permitted only to provide board and lodging to authorized persons outside residence, overseas Filipino workers, overseas Filipinos, and returning residents.
Their recreation and leisure facilities are not allowed.
* Those not allowed to operate are entertainment venues, recreational venues, parks and playgrounds, indoor sports, and outdoor sports. Individual outdoor exercises such as jogging, running or biking are allowed within area of residences.
* Casinos and other gaming establishments, indoor or visitor tourist attractions, outdoor tourist attractions and venues for MICE are also not allowed. However, draws conducted by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office are allowed, and lottery and betting shops are permitted to open./PN