Bill requires buyers’ IDs to get cigarette, liquor

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014


THE Davao City Council will add more teeth to an existing ordinance prohibiting minors from buying and selling liquors and cigarettes by requiring buyers to present valid documents that indicate their birthdates.

With the revised ordinance, customers who fail to present any document will be refused from selling or serving liquors and tobacco products.

The council passed the proposed amendment on first reading during the regular session Tuesday.

Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte said the proposal will help business establishment owners to identify a minor customer.

Based on the draft of the proposed ordinance, all business owners -- from small sari-sari stores to grocery and convenience stores -- are "mandated to determine the age of their would-be buyers by requiring them to present their identification documents that establish or indicate the person's age before selling or serving to them liquors and cigarettes."

Identification documents include school ID, employee's ID, and other government-issued ID such as driver's license, voter’s ID, SSS/GSIS ID, PRC card, or postal ID.

Also, everyone is prohibited from sending on an errand or co-opting minors to buy cigarettes and liquors.

The proposed ordinance also mandates all business establishments “to post or display a standard notice or warning regarding the ordinance.”

Anyone who violate the proposed ordinance will be required to pay the fine of P10,000 or be imprisoned for 10 days for first offense; pay P30,000 or be imprisoned for 20 days for second offense; and pay P50,000 or be jailed for 30 days for third offense.

Under an existing Ordinance No. 064-02, Duterte said minors aged 17 and below are prohibited from buying and selling cigarettes and liquors.

However, Duterte said he observed that tobacco products and intoxicating beverages are still being sold to minors, thus, the amendment.

"Kadaghanan man gud sa mga bars karon kung tuyukon nato, Makita natong anaa gyud mga minors nga ga-inom. Ako mismo akong mga anak ginaserbehan ug beer sa mga bars (Minors are seen drinking beer and liquor inside bars here. They even served beers to my children)," Duterte said, referring to his children aged 16 and 14.

He said this proposal, his brainchild, will be the next priority legislation of the City Council.

"Aside from adding teeth to an existing ordinance, the policy will serve as a protection to your children," he said in a press conference at the sidelines of the regular session Tuesday morning.

He said they will also look into a possibility that the parents of the minors will be penalized once their children are caught buying or selling these prohibited products.

Once approved, the proposed amendment to the ordinance will become Davao City’s landmark legislation.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 02, 2014.

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