Davao City to lift liquor ban on September 21

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 14, 2020   •   287

The Davao City government is set to lift its liquor ban on September 21 to help business owners and employees in the liquor industry.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte will issue an executive order next week to lift the city’s liquor ban that was imposed in April. Duterte also clarified she is not lifting the liquor ban to accommodate people’s clamor for alcohol.

The Davao mayor also reiterated that beer pubs are still prohibited from operating since it is included in the negative list of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

“We did not lift the liquor ban for you. We lifted the liquor ban for the businesses and for the people who are working in the liquor business,” she said. AAC

Davao City ramps up security after deadly Jolo explosions

Robie de Guzman   •   August 26, 2020

Davao City is on heightened alert following the deadly bombings in Jolo, Sulu that left 14 people dead, and 75 others injured.

In a statement, the city government said Davao is on alert level three as recommended by the local Anti-Terror Council.

Angel Sumagaysay, head of the city’s Public Security and Safety Command Center (PSSCC), said they have coordinated with different security clusters to ramp up security measures.

Barangay officials and their force multipliers have also been instructed to safeguard their areas of responsibility and to immediately report suspicious persons to the Davao City Police Office and Task Force Davao.

The city’s Central 911 Call Center was also instructed to promptly answer any calls that may be vital to local security and relay the information to the city’s security units.

The Task Force Davao earlier said that even if it has not received any terror threat, it has ordered the deployment of additional maritime patrols in coordinating with the military units and officers of critical establishments. Motorcycles will also be prohibited from parking in the vicinity of Davao City Hall and other areas declared as maximum security zones.

Local authorities also urged residents to cooperate as there will be stricter inspections at checkpoints in all entry points of the city.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte likewise called on residents to remain vigilant as she emphasized their role in the city’s anti-terror measures.

She said Davao City is no stranger to any acts of terrorism in the city.

In September 2016, the city’s Roxas Night Market was rocked with an explosion which killed 15 people and injured 70 others.

“Kung dili ta magmatngon, maghatag og importance and dili magpakita ug care sa atoang siyudad, mahitabo gyud na diri sa atoa. (If we do not learn to give importance and care for our city, it will happen here),” she said in an interview over the Davao City Disaster Radio on Monday.

To report suspicious persons and activities in their community, residents may contact Task Force Davao hotline numbers Globe: 0917 131 4333, Smart: 0999 227 1111, and Tel. No: (082) 224 0911.

Muntinlupa City strictly imposes liquor ban

Marje Pelayo   •   August 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The city government of Muntinlupa is currently imposing a liquor ban under City Ordinance No. 2020-111.

According to its advisory, the city government bans the sale, trade, delivery and use of alcoholic beverages in public areas while quarantine restrictions are in place regardless of level . 

Violators of the said ordinance shall face sanctions. 

Adult offenders will be fined P500 for the first offense; P1,000 for the second offense and P2,000 for the third offense or more.

The city government will issue a warning for minors on their first offense.

However, repeated violations will mean revocation of the slot in the city government’s list of beneficiaries or scholarship program. 

QC implements liquor ban amid MECQ

Maris Federez   •   August 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government has issued an executive order implementing a liquor ban while Mega Manila is under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Executive Order No. 35 or the order banning the sale, distribution, and consumption of liquor during the MECQ period starting August 4, 2020 states that “no persons, entities, or establishments, whether with valid Liquor License and Regulatory Board (“LLRB”) or otherwise, shall be allowed to sell or distribute liquor, wine, beer, or any other alcoholic or intoxicating beverages (collectively, “Alcoholic Beverages”) at any time during the MECQ period from August 4, 2020 to August 18, 2020 (or until the expiration of the MECQ, if MECQ is further extended).”

It also said that drinking alcoholic beverages shall only be allowed within private residences.

The Order warned that violators of the provisions “shall be meted sanctions, including but not limited to, closure, suspension, or revocation of its permit or license.”

Those who will be caught drinking in public will be arrested and shall face criminal charges under applicable laws or ordinances of the city.

The EO added that the Department of Public Order and Safety, BPLD, LLRB, Barangay and other authorized City officials, along with the Quezon City Police District, shall enforce the provisions of this Order. — /mbmf

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