Setting up of gaming establishments to be regulated

BAGUIO City councilor Maylen Yaranon proposed a law that regulates setting up of gaming establishments in the city.

Yaranon said the city should be gambling-free, as gambling is an addiction that causes poverty.

"The predators: gambling operators and their cohorts are enriching themselves from their prey: our very own Baguio residents," Yaranon noted.

Yaranon has set a provision for existing sites six months to relocate in areas compliant to the new law or face closure.

The ordinance is co-authored by councilor Elaine Sembrano who has likewise taken the cudgels to oppose gambling in the city.

The ordinance prohibits all traditional bingo, electronic bingo including games of chance in all government properties.

If the proposed law is passed, gambling activities regardless of location, gaming site, receiving area, office, outlet or warehouse, including malls, arcades, commercial buildings, three star hotels and resorts will have to follow requirements if gaming sites will be accommodated before any permit is to be issued.

The law dictates a 400-meter perimeter from schools, places of worship, cockpits, horse racing outlets, public markets, informal settlers communities, resettlement areas should be followed.

Gaming sites must not be less than 700 meters apart from each other with the distance to be certified by a geodetic engineer.

No stand alone gaming sites will be allowed and a written consent from the building owner must be submitted.
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