Anti-drug ads in cinemas proposed

THE Baguio City Council passed on first reading a proposed ordinance mandating all cinema operators in the city to show the Anational Government’s anti-drug advertisements available before the start of each film.

Authored by councilor Joel Alangsab, the measure reveals the advertisements are focused on the consequences of drug addiction making these effective tools for inculcating in the minds of people that illegal drugs would ruin their lives.

“In its continuous quest for a drug-free city, the local government of Baguio should maximize all available technologies within its jurisdiction that can be used in reaching out and developing awareness in the minds of people,” the ordinance states.

The proposed measure mandates the city’s business permits and licensing division to be in charge of implementing the proposed measure’s provisions.

Violators are penalized a P1000 fine for the first offense; P3000 fine and suspension of business permit to operate for one month for the second offense; and a P5000 fine and cancellation of business permit to operate for the third offense. (PR)
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