Establishments near schools, churches can sell liquor again-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
THE Cebu City Liquor Licensing Commission will resume issuing special permits to establishments within the 100-meter radius of schools, churches and hospitals, starting on Oct. 1.
The commission said the special permit will only allow bars to serve and sell liquor from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and restaurants from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The move came about after it received several complaints from several establishments.
Yesterday, the commission met with more than 60 establishments in the city to inform them about the new policy.
Some were not happy about the time limit.
Gemma Chua of Songhits, a karaoke bar, appealed to the City to allow them to serve and sell liquor from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. instead.
“Ma-alkanse man gud mi. Malugi mi unya, negosyante biya mi (We’ll end up losing money. We’re involved in a business),” she said.
Mr. J’s owner and former Kamagayan barangay captain Mansueto Avila echoed her sentiment.
“We fully understand the side of the City but please consider the time. The City also needs us,” he said.
Establishments that sell alcoholic drinks pay amelioration tax. It is an add-on of P10 for alcoholic beverage that every customer buys.
A representative of a convenience store in the downtown area also objects to the time limit.
“Kanang pagpamaligya og liquor, mao ra jud nay nakapabuhi sa amo. Kung di mi mamaligya, di jud mahalinan among tindahan. Kung way halin, wa na mi’y trabaho (The liquor trade is what sustains us. If we can’t sell liquor, then we don’t make any money and we end up without a job),” she said.
Atty. Mary Ann Suson, a member of the commission, appealed to establishments to try to implement the time limit.
“If it’s not good for you, then probably mangita tag laing (we’ll look for another) option. We are just doing this to ensure peace and order in the city aron way away, way hubog sa dalan (so there won’t be any fights and we avoid public drunkenness) and to protect the youth,” she said.
Suson said they don’t know how long they’ll implement the new policy.
Under City Ordinance 1413, or the Liquor Licensing Code of the City, no establishment should be allowed to sell liquor within the 100-meter radius of schools, churches and hospitals.
However, the same measure approved in 1991 allows the mayor to grant a special permit to sell liquor, provided the applicant has a written consent from the management or authorities in the prohibited areas.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 27, 2013.