Bar girls’ smear tests should be in gov't agencies

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Sunday, April 6, 2014


ANGELES CITY -- Bar owners are required to have their women employees regularly subjected to gram staining or smear test to be conducted by government health agencies.

Balibago Chairman Rodelio “Tony” Mamac said their barangay social hygiene clinic is authorized to conduct pap smear test under Sangguniang Panglunsod Ordinance Number 43-10 Series of 1995.

“Malinaw na nakasaad sa Ordinance Number 43-10 na authorized ang barangay social hygience na mag-conduct ng smear sa mga bar girls. Tutulungan namin ang city government na magpatupad sa ordinansang ito,” Mamac said.

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The ordinance disallows the charging of payment of bar fine or escort’s fee or similar activity commonly imposed on customers or privilege to take out women employees of night clubs, cocktail lounges, bars, pub houses, beer houses, sing along pubs,karaoke pubs and sauna baths, hotels, motels, and other entertainment recreational establishments.

Section 4 of said ordinance states “notwithstanding the prohibition mentioned in the preceding paragraph, all owners, proprietors, managers, or operators of establishments mentioned in Section 1 hereof are mandatorily required to have their women employees regularly subjected to gram staining and other related health tests to be conducted by government health agencies.”

Mamac cited Section 6 of the same ordinance which states that “persons found violating any provision of this ordinance when found guilty shall be sentenced to an imprisonment of not more than one year or a fine not more than P5,000 or both upon the discretion of the court.”

According to Mamac, the barangay council has asked the city council if the ordinance was repealed.

In its reply, the city council stated that Ordinance 43-10 still exists.

Mamac said the barangay council is working hard to prevent the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases and stop human trafficking in the city’s entertainment and commercial district.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 07, 2014.

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