CITING the need to put flesh to the policy of the State to protect life, liberty and property and the promotion of general welfare City Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr. has filed a proposed regulatory measure that will require all owners of townhouses, apartments, condotels, condominium and boarding houses to register with their respective barangay their tenants, renters, boarders, bed spacers or transients who are leasing or renting their properties and staying in the barangay for a period of one week or more.
The proposed ordinance which is titled, “An Ordinance Urging All House Owners, Lessors, and Operators to Register the Names of Tenants, Lessees, Boarders, Bedspacers or Transients, whose stay in the Barangay is for a Period of One Week or More in the Barangay Registry.”
As he explained in his proposal Councilor Yangot came up with the observation that it has become the modus operandi of most criminal elements to spend some nights and transfer from one house to another to facilitate the commission of crimes and in order to evade and elude arrest by authorities. He then cited Article II, Section 5 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution which provides that, “The maintenance of peace and order, the protection of life, liberty, and property, and promotion of the general welfare are essential for the enjoyment by all the people of the blessings of democracy” which served as the legal basis for his proposal.
He likewise noted that “a barangay registry is essential so that it may aid in the apprehension of lawless elements or for the protection of the house owners and the public in general, and that the registry of tenants, renters, boarders, migrants or transients within the territorial jurisdiction of barangays is sorely lacking.”
As part of its objectives the proposed measure seeks and is intended to deter criminal elements from committing crimes inside rented or leased properties or to evade arrests by becoming transients from one place to the other. As well the proposed security measure will facilitate steps to track and monitor suspected or convicted criminals.
Under the proposed Ordinance it will become mandatory for owners, lessors or operators of leased or rented establishments to oversee the registration of their prospective tenants, lessees, boarders, migrants or transients by requiring the latter to present a valid identification card with photo and National Bureau of Investigation or police clearance.
In addition, the said owners, lessors and operators will also be required to pay a registration fee with the barangay in the amount of fifty pesos. It is also provided in the said proposal that within five days from the commencement of the stay of the tenant/s, boarder/s, migrant/s, or transient/s, the owner/s, lessor/s and operator/s shall submit to the concerned barangay a registration form duly accomplished by their tenants.
For violations of the provisions of this proposed measure a penalty of one thousand pesos is imposed for the first offense, a fine of three thousand pesos for the second offense and a fine of five thousand pesos for the third offense.
For this purpose a house renter registry book will be kept by the barangay and the barangay officials as well as the local police authorities will be tasked to enforce the provisions of the said proposed ordinance and record the same in the said registry book.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on September 14, 2017.
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