La Trinidad crimes down with liquor ordinance-A A +A
Friday, September 20, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- It looks like the strict enforcement of the liquor ordinance has decreased crime in the Valley.
Top cop Byron Allatog reported a significant decrease in crimes on physical injuries from the period of July to August, at the height of implementation of the 8 p.m. halt in serving liquor.
Allatog said based on police records a decrease on crimes during the first month of strict implementation of the liquor halt was seen further proving it serves as a deterrent for crimes committed under the influence of liquor in establishments in the Valley.
"It has helped us in crime prevention," Allatog reported.
He stressed a holistic view of the effects of the implementation of the liquor halt will be seen in the last quarter report on crime for the Valley.
The 8 p.m. liquor ban is seen as the answer to protect the youth as well as families from having late nights out over alcohol as well as the prevention of crimes in the Valley.
Previous police studies report most of physical injury crimes in the province capital is due to liquor, induced by too much drinking.
However, Allatog said partial reports for the month of August show crimes committed in boarding homes has increased showing a change of trend in areas where drinking occurs.
Allatog said it is speculated because of the 8 p.m. halt in serving liquor, drinking now occurs in the places of residence and when fights among drinking buddies happen, it is in the safety of their areas of abode.
Allatog added this trend is likewise more positive than having bar brawls or having drunken fights with random groups outside the home, lessening susceptibility of graver crime incidences happening.
Meanwhile, the ordinance seeking regulation for establishments operating and maintaining bars, restaurants and places of amusement serving alcoholic beverages in the Valley has been approved on its second reading during last week's regular session.
Councilor Roderick Awingan said the provisions regulating establishments have been passed and is due for its third and final reading.
The law regulating serving of liquor aims 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.
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 has also proposed to set up a task force to monitor bars in the Valley which will hopefully set the tone for peace and order added to the mandatory in house cameras the establishments have to set up.
The regulation divides establishments into categories allowing serving and operation from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. depending on how establishments are classified.
Strict provisions on banning minors to be served liquor have also been provided in the regulatory ordinance.
The proposal will have to be passed on its third and final reading and then forwarded to Mayor Edna Tabanda for her approval before its implementation.
Until the regulatory ordinance is approved by both the executive and legislative branch, the 8 p.m. halt in serving liquor stays for the Valley.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 21, 2013.