Curfew for minors and liquor ban
There were 46 minors who were found loitering the streets of Iloilo City after the 11 p.m. curfew from January to July this year, according to Jorge Duron, chairman of the Task Force on Moral and Values Formation.
Duron said that last year, there were 167 minors caught.
He reiterated that Regulation Ordinance 2011-676 sets the curfew for minors from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., meaning, individuals lower than age 18 are no longer allowed to be out on the streets and establishments when their parents and legal guardians are not with them.
He said that they are strictly implementing the ordinance especially in entertainment establishments like those in Smallville.
“Our barangay officials there are tasked to implement the ordinance,” Duron said.
He said, when a minor is caught violating the curfew, the task force takes them and remits them to the Crisis Intervention Unit. “Sometimes, we also return them to their respective parents in the barangay if the CIU is fully booked,” he said.
He said a social worker goes with them during the operations.
Duron noted that many minors now patronize entertainment establishments, but since they have legal guardians, they can’t be apprehended.
He said that since they cannot jail the minors, their parents can be sued at the court’s discretion.
They will also make the establishment where the minor was found, accountable.
For the first offense, the establishment will be given a written warning; second offense, fine of P5,000; third offense, three days closure; fourth offense, 10 days closure; and fifth offense, revocation of permit.
However, there are exceptions to the ordinance. Duron said they are family affairs, socio-religious events, conventions, seminars, Christmas, wedding and All Saints Day.
LIQUOR BAN FOR MINORS
“Also, we are implementing a 24-hour liquor ban for minors through Regulation Ordinance 2012-180,” Duron said.
This means, there is no selling, buying, serving and loitering among minors in liquor establishments.
“First offense, the business will face three days closure. Second offense, five days closure; third offense, 10 days closure; and fourth offense, revocation of business permit,” Duron said.
When there is a violation, Duron said they log this on the police blotter and give the establishment a notice of violation. The owner can then reply through a lawyer.
“A provision in the Local Revenue Code states that an erring establishment is given 10 days to answer before closure,” he said.
He said, from January to July, seven minors were caught violating the liquor ban. Last year, 46 were caught.
TOTAL LIQUOR BAN
He added that a total liquor ban in all public places is being implemented through Regulation Ordinance 2012-786.
“From 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., there is total liquor ban. All individuals cannot drink along outdoor roads. First offense merits a P500 fine and 30 days imprisonment; second offense, P1,000 fine and 60 days imprisonment; and third, P5,000 fine and six months to one year imprisonment,” Duron said.* (Marie Katherine Villalon, TNT Libre, Sept. 5, 2013)