Soon, liquor ban in Dagupan beach, public areas

IT will soon be unlawful to drink liquor in public areas, including public highways, roads, streets, sidewalks in Dagupan City.

This is provided for in a draft ordinance (No. 0-648) filed) by Councilors Dennis Canto and Alvin Coquia at the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP).

The two aldermen said the ban is needed to help promote peace and order in the city and to make public highways, roads, streets and sidewalks in the city are free of obstructions.

The two added that drinking in public contributes to disturbance of public tranquility owing to unruly behavior of drinkers after being intoxicated.

Under the proposed measure, the prohibition will not apply if there is an ongoing authorized event at the city plaza, public parks, or beach and the organizers have sought an exemption.

In such a case, a special permit must be secured from the One-Stop Business Center (OSBC). The organizers, however, have to ensure that the precautions for safety and health are in place.

Clearances from the police station and/or the Peace and Order Safety Office (POSO) will be required.

The proposed measure will not cover drinking by the beach provided the shed or any enclosed area is at least 50 meters away from the shoreline.

A fine of P3,000 fine and six-month imprisonment will be imposed for each violation. (Leonardo Micua)

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