A CEBU City councilor wants consumers to secure a special permit from the City Office on Substance Abuse Prevention (Cosap) before buying aerosol spray paint.
Councilor Dave Tumulak, deputy mayor for police matters, said he will also add the sale of sealants and other volatile substances to the products that will be regulated in a proposed ordinance he will be filing before the City Council.
“We’ve found out that vandalism is present in many of our sidewalks. Most of them bear words linking to gang activity. We also found out that minors are now sniffing roof sealants as alternatives to rugby solvents,” he said.
Tumulak said he has received reports of a store in the city selling solvent to minors who are involved in inhalant abuse.
Most of these kids are reportedly loitering on Juana Osmeña St. and the downtown area, among others.
Meanwhile, Cosap wants barangay tanods and local gender and development (GAD) focal personnel in the city to accompany kids on their way back home instead of just rounding up and giving advice to minors loitering on the streets.
This is the response of Cosap executive director Gary Lao to Mayor Tomas Osmeña’s new directive.
“We should just not admonish the children. The tanods along with the GAD personnel should assist the children and deliver them to the doorsteps of their homes,” Lao said.
The mayor has ordered close to 2,000 tanods in all 80 barangays in the city to strictly enforce the city’s curfew ordinance or risk losing their P4,000 monthly allowance from the City Government following reports of a gang recruiting elementary school students in Barangay Basak Pardo.
In an interview yesterday, Lao said he will meet with the chief tanods tomorrow, Feb. 2, to discuss the strict implementation of the curfew.
“We’d like to inform them that aside from intensifying the barangays’ efforts on the anti-illegal drug campaign, strengthening the enforcement of the curfew ordinance is also a priority of the City,” he said.
Lao added that they will give the barangays time to work out on how they can fully enforce the curfew ordinance in their respective areas.
City Ordinance 1786, or the curfew ordinance, prohibits minors from loitering outside their residences from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day. (RTF)