I have a small computer shop, which started 2012, this was the first business I have established from the little savings I have kept.
So, first, I was issued a barangay business permit for the first year we have operated, so everything was smooth and all at first, at the same year, I have tried to obtain the City Halls Business Permit.. but due to circumstances, like when I got there, the government suddenly declared a suspension of work due, to this incoming storm that will hit the metro.. *isnt that great?, in short, I have to postpone it some other time.. and then I tried again after several months.. because of my graveyard shift at work.. I postponded my sleep just to get this thing get over with, but then when I was in the city hall.. BPLO, around lunch time.. waiting for my turn to be served, but then a fire suddenly started inside the office, because of an unattended electric stove.. again everything was halted.. and was advised to come back again another day.. so I was WTF!! Im sleepy as hell.. so I just went home and slept..
So the problem now starts here, for the first year, the business was slow for the past 3-5 months.. which is okay for a business who just started.. and then after 8-12 months of operation.. we have been steadily gaining popularity among the residents there.. even from other barangay.. mostly kids.. and several business establishments.. because compared to others, our services were way better. and improve them per customer requests.. from printing, computer services, odd jobs requested etc etc.. we take all of them.. as long as we know we dont break any laws..
In our area, we have 4 or 5 other computer shops, and slowly as we gain popularity, the other shops closed their business, which we did not intended to do, so as of now.. out of 5 shops near us.. around 10-15meters or more ...apart.. only 1 is left, thus making our selves vulnerable to the eye of "ingeteros" or watchful eyes of the community..
So for the first time, in the same year, 2012, I was called upon by the barangay offcials, to control our customers, from noise and public urination... we have complied to their requests.. cleaning my surroundings etc.. posted infos on the wall of the business, and talked with customers regarding their behaviour.. that we should use the proper facility in regards to urination .. I started a campaign inside our business.. so that everyone is informed.. so as I know, I have done my part with regards to educating the residents with the barangays concerns.. so thats that..
But every now and then, even before the other shops closed their business, we have been cherry picked by the barangay for causing mischief and distrubances in our area, noisy kids..public urination.. jumping over the fence of barangay when they close the gates of the streets.. which is from our point of view.. not all noisy kids are from us, I know there are some.. but not all.. but I control them.. public urination.. is a nations problem.. again I know some kids.. even if you tell them not to... they still go.. especially when they too live on the same barangay.. and sons of kagawads or tanods.. even the pedicab drivers too.. which I can't control.. but whenever those thing happen.. its on me, which is unfair..
Plus, they are insisting that I let students use the shop during school hours, which is not.. well except for educational purposes like printing and a quick research.. and also, when their YAYA/guardians, leave the kids at our care.. which most of the moms, do.. so they can take care of their business for an hour or two..
To cut the story shorter, those are the main reasons why I am having problems with the barangay permit getting declined.. we are tying to find out means of obtaining this permit.. but due to our bad reputation, the kagawads who are supposed to be not biased are controlling everything.. they simply declined because maybe, just a maybe, one of the kagawads is the owner of the other establishment that recently closed in our area.. plus he is in good terms with our competitor.. which is just okay.. if they play the same game fair and square.. same business.. but we are the only once getting declined..
Also, they simply put all the responsibility regarding enforcing the barangay rules.. public urination, its not even on our side of the road, jumping over the fence of the closed gate of the road.. which we do not have any authority to do so, we can inform.. but we cant enforce.. since I too am just a resident of the community.. if they want to enforce this.. they should have put sentry there..
I am waiting for the barangay to reply with our request to talk with the chairman.. But I just dropped by to gather some comments and suggestions on how to handle this issue..
Can they not issue this permit with these kind of problems?? can they close my business with these reasons??
I really need some advice. As far as we know, we have done everything within our means to address their concerns.. but as they say.. they only see the evil.. not the good..