Region 8 police bar minors from computer shops

Published October 9, 2020, 11:17 AM

by Marie Tonette Marticio

TACLOBAN City – Even with the start of distance learning where computers and the internet play crucial roles in the education of children, the Police Region Office in Eastern Visayas (PRO-8) has issued a warning to all computer shop owners not to allow minors to use their facilities even during class hours.

PRO-8 Director Brig. Gen. Ronaldo De Jesus has directed all city and municipal police stations in the region to coordinate with their respective local government units (LGUs) down to barangay levels on the prohibition of minors in computer shops, including those attending their online classes. 

He said it was in compliance with the omnibus guidelines on the implementation of

community quarantines in the Philippines.

All operating computer shops shall be inspected in order to ensure that the guidelines on the minimum health standard protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force-Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), regular disinfection, and other health safety rules are strictly observed.  

“I understand the concerns on the accessibility of the new modes of learning

wherein majority of our students are expected to utilize computer shops due to unavailability of digital resources at home, but we are imposing this ban to secure the safety of our children amidst this raging coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. I will need the support and cooperation of the public on this matter,” De Jesus said.

He also emphasized the role of village officials in their regular patrols and announcements.

Children found in computer shops will be sent home, and turned over to their parents with a stern warning.

Meanwhile, all line units were also encouraged to create sustainable initiatives in order to be of help with the less privileged parents and students in coping with the technological challenge brought about by the pandemic.