La Trinidad mayor asked to implement liquor ordinance

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Monday, January 20, 2014


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Councilor Roderick Awingan wants the liquor law to be implemented.

In a resolution approved by the Municipal Council, Awingan reminded Mayor Edna Tabanda of the ordinance regulating liquor establishments in the Valley stressing it was approved January 13 and needs to be implemented immediately.

Awingan said the law, "Regulating the establishment, operation and maintenance of bars, restaurants and other similar places of entertainment serving alcoholic beverages, providing penalty for violation thereof and for other purposes in the municipality of La Trinidad, Benguet," was approved after undergoing the legal and prescriptive legislative processes, pursuant to the provisions of the Local Government Code.

The resolution recounted the process of which the liquor regulation law underwent before its final passage.

First, a public hearing conducted on August 8, 2013 at the Lednicky Hall, Municipal Hall, La Trinidad, Benguet which was attended by 98 stakeholders. Another public hearing was conducted on September 4, 2013 at the La Trinidad Municipal Gymnasium, La Trinidad, Benguet and attended by 149 stakeholders.

The council then approved the law on its second reading during the September 17 and 24, 2013 deliberations and after corrections.
The third and final reading of the proposed ordinance got the thumbs up of the council October 8, 2013 in a unanimous decision by the members of the Sangguniang Bayan.

However, when the ordinance was forwarded to the office of Tabanda, it took 40 days for her to act on the Ordinance, automatically bringing it back to the council and thus, gaining its approval.

Technical rules dictate the chief executive must decide on the matter within 10 days upon official receipt of the proposed ordinance.
Today, Awingan said, the ordinance needs to be implemented.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 21, 2014.

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