4 boarding houses in Iloilo City closed for lack of permits

Ben Palma, Boarding House Commission head

Four boarding houses in Iloilo City have been shut down so far this year for failure to secure necessary permits.

Ben Palma, head of the city government’s Boarding House Commission (BHC), said each boarding house need to have permits from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), City Health Office, and Business Permit and Licensing Office.

As of June 6, BHC inspected 1,739 out of 2,300 boarding houses operating in the metropolis.

Of the inspected boarding houses, 1,183 were given certificates from BHC.

Palma urged parents and students to choose only those boarding houses with complete permits to ensure their safety.

“To those who are looking for boarding houses, please make sure the boarding house has complied with the necessary permits,” he said.

Under Regulation Ordinance 2000-0, “no person shall own, keep, maintain, operate or conduct any house or place for accommodation of boarders or housing boarders or bed spacers for compensation or rent without having first obtained [the permits].”

“BHC’s primary goal is to ensure the safety of boarders. We remind the owners to renew their permits every year,” Palma said.IMT