Bacoor City shuts down illegal computer shops accommodating minors amid GCQ

Published June 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Carla Bauto Deña

BACOOR CITY – Authorities here shut down computer shops accommodating customers below 20 years old amid the implementation of the general community quarantine (GCQ).

(Photo courtesy of City Government of Bacoor/MANILA BULLETIN)
(Photo courtesy of City Government of Bacoor/MANILA BULLETIN)

The City Inspection Compliance Unit (CICU), together with the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Bacoor City, conducted surprise inspections in Barangays Tabing Dagat and Digman after receiving complaints from concerned citizens.

“Iniisip nila since they’re not along the major streets, hindi sila masisilip. So nag-utos yung ating city admin na i-check yung computer shops na nandun yung mga bata… Nakakalabas kasi, at dun sila pumupunta.” CICU Head Christian Gawaran told The Manila Bulletin.

Aside from violating GCQ regulations, some of the computer shops did not have business permits, making their operation illegal.

Authorities also found minors huddled in informal billiard halls and basketball courts. Most of them were not wearing face masks nor were they following social distancing protocols. Some were also caught placing bets.

The minors were taken to the barangay hall where they were reprimanded. Barangay officials also talked to the violators’ parents to remind them of GCQ guidelines.

As of June 8, the city has recorded 137 cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), with 74 recoveries and 11 mortalities.