Emars seeks reopening of hotel, beach resort-A A +A
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
THE management of the Emars Hotel and Beach Resort appealed anew to the City Government of Davao to lift the closure order slapped against them in 2011 after paying the mandated real property tax which amounted to P6 million.
In a letter addressed to Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Leonora D. Lim, president and CEO of LDL Realty Estate Corporation and the direct owner of the resort, appealed to the City Government to at least temporarily allow them to continue its business operations through the approval of the Contract of Lease.
Lim also asked the City to give them time to secure a special registration with the Philippine Reclamation Authority.
Despite its closure for two years now, Lim said the Emars resort complied with the governmental requirements, including the payment of real property tax to the City Treasurer’s Office worth P6,565,888.80 and the rental payment to the City Economic Enterprise Office amounting to P711,312.60.
Former Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on December 5, 2011 ordered the closure of the resort for failing to renew its business permit from 2009 to 2011.
Lim said they failed to comply with the requirements due to the absence of a special registration with the PRA in 2011.
The application of the LDL before the PRA was pending in 2011 due to non-compliance of one of the requirements, which was the endorsement of the Davao City Council.
Despite the non-compliance of requirements, Emars Resort made improvements to the establishment and became the first business to introduce the wave pool in Davao City.
“The company has continuously incurred financial reverses, not to mention the workers who were displaced and left unemployed. LDL is willing and has shown its gesture to submit to all government regulations,” Lim said in its letter of appeal.
The appeal was endorsed to the committee on housing, rural and urban development of the City Council headed by Councilor Leah B. Librado-Yap.
The 17th City Council has included it among the items that are set to be approved under first reading during its regular session today.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 08, 2014.