By Erma Edera
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Thursday signed an executive order mandating the strict implementation of city ordinances prohibiting the establishments near schools from selling liquor.
Executive Order No. 17 mandates the Bureau of Permits and License Office (BPLO), City Treasurer’s Office as well as business establishments to strictly observe these ordinances.
The executive order signed by Domagoso noted that some malls, bars, restaurants have “flagrantly violated” Ordinance No. 3532 and Ordinance No. 8520 in the City of Manila.
Ordinance No. 3532 prohibits the sale of intoxicating liquor in establishments located within 200 meters of schools.
Ordinance No. 8520, meanwhile, prohibits the sale of liquor or any alcoholic beverage to minors in any store, mall, bar, restaurant, eatery or any commercial establishment in Manila.
“Such violations of said city ordinances affect the physical and moral well-being of the Manilenos in general, and the youths and students, in particular, prompting for the strict implementation of said ordinances and imposing the penalties provided therefore,” the executive order read.
The order stated that violators would be subjected to administrative and criminal charges, fines, and revocation of permits and licenses issued by the local government.
The executive order shall take effect immediately upon its issuance.