By JOEY NACALABAN
SEVEN motels and inns in the city are facing the prospects of being fined or, worse, closed down over their failure to comply with the requirements and standards set by city hall, lawyer Jose Edgardo Uy, the board’s chairman, said yesterday.
A team from RCB carried out a second round of inspections on Wednesday, and Uy said all seven establishments inspected were found to be non-compliant.
“All seven inspected had not fully complied with the earlier notice of violation issued. Some have complied partly yet, and there were also compliance under process,” he said.
Uy identified the establishments as Cubicles Inn in Consolacion, City Lodge on Villarin St., Weston Inn in Carmen, Woll’s Place on Velez St., Kyross on Mabini St., Palace Lodge on Hayes St and Sante’s Business Hotel on Osmeña St.. He said the RCB would conduct another round of inspection soon and unless the establishments are found to have fully complied, the board would recommend that the establishments be fined.
Uy said the board would submit its recommendations to Mayor Oscar Moreno five days after the next round of inspections.
He said the establishments could be slapped with fines, temporary closure, permanent closure, and lawsuits.
Among the violations were the absence of logbooks and the mandatory setting up of closed-circuit television camera systems.
The local government also requires such establishments to require their guests to show their identification cards before checking.
“Simple kaayo ning mga butanga pero importante. Sama sa logbook – kinahanglan naa sila ani para ilang malista kung adunay menor de edad nga mo-check-in uban sa ilang mga igsoon o parents ba kaha,” Uy said.
He said the security cameras are mandatory so that everyone going in and out of the establishments can be identified.
RCB started inspecting motels, spas, inns and lodging houses in the city to prevent sexelated offenses like child trafficking from taking place in these establishments. At least nine minors were recently “rescued” by authorities in one of the motels here.