Business sector called to abide by existing local ordinances

BAGUIO CITY – Re-elected Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Thursday called on business establishments here to abide by existing ordinances pertaining to the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Domogan said the existing task force will be reinforced to implement the city’s Liquor Code.

Domogan added that despite the existence of a Liquor Code, full implementation is not achieved due to lack of manpower.

“But 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,” Domogan said.

In 1990, Baguio City Ordinance numbered 01 series of 1990 or the Liquor Code was approved, limiting the operation time of liquor establishments.

The code states that the liquor dealers or retailers which sell liquor not to be consumed within the premises and stores which sell and serve by the bottle and consumed within the premises are allowed to do business only from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The ordinance further states that approved penalties for owner, operator, proprietor, manager or person in charge of any establishment violating the provisions include a fine of PHP2,000 with written warning (first offense; PHP4,000 with closure of the establishment and revocation of the business permit (second offense); and for the third and subsequent offenses, a fine of PHP6,000 with permanent closure of establishment and imprisonment of 15 days upon discretion of the court or 15 days community service.

The authorities will also tighten the implementation of the city’s curfew for minors which takes effect between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. to avert vandalism, unruliness and youth-oriented violence, Domogan said. PNA/