Partial liquor ban passed in Dagupan

OPLAN RODY BOOSTER

AN ordinance declaring a partial liquor ban in Dagupan from 1:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily was passed by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) on June 25 to further help boost the implementation of Oplan Rody by the police and other law enforcers in the city.

Ordinance No. 653 authored by Councilor Jose Netu Tamayo declared it unlawful for any business establishment to serve liquor or any intoxicating beverages such as beer, whiskey, brandy, gin, rum, vodka and other kinds of foreign wines and local drinks such as basi, tapuey, tuba, lambanog, meding, and other intoxicating concoction during the specified period.

Business establishments, namely, restaurants, carinderias, hotels, liquor stores, wine dealers, sari-sari stores, bazaars, groceries, night or day clubs, bars, cocktail lounges, videoke bars, casinos and other similar establishments are strictly prohibited from dispensing or distributing liquor for consumption within the business premises.

The establishments are required to post a notice “We observe liquor ban from 1:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m..” inside their premises.

The ordinance, however, set the liquor ban for tourist bars from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Establishments violating the ordinance will be meted suspension of business permit for one week for the first offense; suspension of business permit for one month for the second offense; and revocation of the establishment’s business permit, for the third offense.

In sponsoring the measure, Tamayo said persons under the influence of liquor are oftentimes the cause of crimes and accidents.

Some of the “tambays” rounded up by the police, Task Force 21, the Public Order and Safety Office and from the City Social Welfare and Development were caught drinking liquor outside of their residences at past 10:00 p.m. (Leonardo Micua/Eva Visperas)

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