Bacolod City – The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod is urging the Office of the City Mayor to implement City Ordinance No. 1251, series of 1979, or the prohibition of selling liquors to minors in business establishments.
The resolution authored by Councilor Jason Isidro Villarosa said it is noteworthy to be apprised that the cited City Ordinance of Bacolod City penalizes store owners and all individuals who sell to minors liquors and other intoxicating substances within their business establishments.
The introduction of an amendment to the Ordinance is purposed to suit the changing social conditions of the city, to wit; “Section 3 – The owner/owners, manager or any person in charge of a duly registered establishment serving such intoxicants to any person/s who is below 18 years of age shall be liable to the following penalties:
· First offense – suspension of one month of the business establishment of its business permit, three months imprisonment and/or fine of P500 or both at the discretion of the court against the owner/s or manager of the erring establishment.
· Second offense – revocation of business permit, an imprisonment of six months and/or a fine of P1,000 or both at the discretion of the court for the owner/s or manager or any person in charge of an erring establishment.
The SP is also requesting Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, through the City Tourism Office, Business Permits and Licensing Office, and City Legal Office to conduct an initial investigation of business establishments which are seen to have violated C.O.No.1251 and have the same implemented. (Chrysee Semillano via The Visayan Daily Star (TVDS), photo courtesy of TVDS)