Navotas to close computer shops violating city ordinance on minors

Published September 15, 2019, 4:10 PM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By Minka Klaudia Tiangco

Navotas City Mayor Tobias “Toby” Tiangco has ordered the closure of computer shops in the city that allow minors in during school hours and beyond curfew hours.

(Photo courtesy of Navotas PIO/ MANILA BULLETIN)
(Photo courtesy of Navotas PIO/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Tiangco ordered the City Business Permits and Licensing Office (CBPLO) to issue notice of violations to computer shops that allow minors unaccompanied by a parent or guardian to enter the shops during school hours or beyond the 10 p.m. curfew.

If three or more unaccompanied minors are found in its premises beyond curfew, the computer shop may face closure and its business permit revoked.

Tiangco also ordered the Navotas City Police and the barangay officials to strictly implement the city’s disciplinary hours.

The order was prompted by complaints received by Tiangco from concerned citizens.

City Ordinance No. 2017-16 imposes curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. for residents below 18 years old. The parents and guardians of the violators will be penalized.

Meanwhile, City Ordinance No. 2014-08 states that “Computer gaming shops or centers are strictly prohibited from allowing the entry of students of minor age during school hours and beyond 10 p.m., except when accompanied by a parent or guardian.”