BAGUIO CITY – With the city’s advocacy of having a peaceful place to live in, re-elect mayor Mauricio Domogan disclosed of strengthening the task force monitoring at night time.
Despite the existence of city ordinance on liquor code, Domogan divulged on the lack of implementation of the said law because of lack of manpower.
However, if some individuals will volunteer to help in the inspection and in the monitoring of the city during night time, the possibility of creating another task force will be formed to be deployed in other strategic places, revealed Domogan.
The mayor urged the residents of Baguio as well as business establishments to abide and respect the law.
It is remembered that the city council approved ordinance no. 1, series of 1990 or the liquor code of the city limiting the operation time of liquor establishments.
The prescribed time for liquor dealers or retailers which serve liquor not to be consumed within the premises and for liquor stores which sell by bottle and consumed within the premises would be from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
In the ordinance, “The approved penalties for owner, operator, proprietor, manager or person in charge of any establishment violating said provision would be: first offense-a fine on P2,000 with written warning; second offense- a fine of P4,000 with closure of the establishment and revocation of the business permit; and third and subsequent offenses – a fine of P6,000 with permanent closure of establishment and imprisonment of 15 days upon discretion of the court or 15 days community service”.
On the other hand, the city will also tighten the city’s curfew among minors to stop if not lessen crimes involving the youth here.
The implementation on the curfew which takes effect between 9:00PM and 5:00AM is a necessary approach for the city government especially now that vandalism, unruliness and youth-oriented violence occur every now and then./Jho Arranz