Muntinlupa City strictly imposes liquor ban

Marje Pelayo   •   August 12, 2020   •   304

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. 

Davao City to lift liquor ban on September 21

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 14, 2020

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

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

Block 35 Excess Lot in Brgy. Putatan, Muntinlupa City placed under ELCQ

Marje Pelayo   •   June 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Muntinlpa City Mayor Jimmy Fresnedi on Monday (June 22) announced that the city government is placing Block 35 Excess Lot in Barangay Putatan under extreme localized community quarantine (ELCQ) due to the high number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. 

The ELCQ will take effect starting 12:01 p.m. of Tuesday (June 23) until 11:59 a.m. of July 7.

“Agresibo ang hakbang ng Pamahalaang Lungsod dahil ayaw na nating kumalat pa ang sakit,” Fresnedi said in his post.

(The local government is being aggressive in its measures because we do not want the disease to spread further.)

The Mayor said 10 individuals in the area have tested positive for COVID-19 and according to data, the ‘doubling time’ of the virus in the area has been swift with additional cases being recorded within a short period of five days.

This prompted the local government to conduct mass testing by the City Health Office in the coming days, Fresnedi confirmed. 

“Huwag na po nating hayaang may magkasakit pa sa ating komunidad bago natin seryosohin nang lubos ang banta ng COVID-19,” the Mayor reminded his constituents.

(Do not let COVID-19 infect our community even further before we are taking its threat seriously.)

Fresnedi urged his constituents to abide by the health protocols imposed by the national government and be responsible to help curb the spread of COVID-19. 

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