Valley smoking and liquor reforms tackled-A A +A
Thursday, September 5, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – A public consultation on two controversial laws was held in the Valley Wednesday afternoon.
Councilor Roderick Awingan presided over public consultations on the proposed anti–smoking ordinance and on the proposed regulation on establishments operating and maintaining bars, restaurants and places of amusement serving alcoholic beverages in the Valley.
Along with the two ordinances on vices, hearings on six other proposed laws were also conducted. The hearings were held at the municipal gym attended by stakeholders.
Awingan's anti-smoking ordinance seeks to regulate smoking in establishments, except designated areas defined by the measure, as well as open spaces here. The proposal also aims to curb the habit of smoking as well as maintain cleanliness in the Valley.
The regulation on liquor meanwhile aim to standardize serving sizes, variety of alcohol served and categorizes establishments, which can serve beverages in the locality.
Beer served with a maximum level of alcohol was discussed and included regulations on stronger drinks which should not be served altogether in a bid to keep the peace.
Some suggestions regulate serving sizes of distilled liquor as well as set into law security measures establishments have to comply with if they serve alcoholic beverages.
Noise pollution was also addressed during the consultation which mandates a proposed 75 decibel noise level for establishments with music and live entertainment so as not to disturb the general public.
Awingan also proposed to set up a task force to monitor bars in the Valley, which seeks to set the tone for peace and order aside from the mandatory in-house security cameras the establishments have to set up.
Proper maintenance of parking lots of as well as security personnel manning the area has also been suggested.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 06, 2013.