THE Mandaue City Government has taken its first step to regulate the sell and consumption of liquor in the city.
Business establishments must secure a license to sell liquor and another license to serve this once an ordinance will be approved.
Councilor Nilo Seno proposed an ordinance entitled An Act Regulating the Sale and Consumption of Intoxicating Liquor in the City of Mandaue. It was approved on first reading during the Mandaue City Council regular session last Wednesday.
According to Seno, while alcoholic beverages have been a part of the culture and experience of every Filipino, it is important to regulate the selling and drinking of these “to prevent anti-social behavior and intimidation to law-abiding Mandauehanons.”
“The local government unit, in its desire to continually safeguard the best interests of its constituents most especially the minors has adopted measures to mitigate the growing problem of alcohol dependency in the City,” said Seno.
According to the ordinance, no establishment will be allowed to sell and serve liquor within Mandaue without getting a License to Sell Liquor and a License to Serve Liquor from the Business Permit and Licensing Office.
A store or establishment that secured a license to sell will be required that the “seal of the liquor must not be broken within the premises of the store and that it is prohibited for any person to consume liquor in any public space.”
For establishments that are open 24 hours, they will not also be allowed to sell the same between 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. and will be required to cover the liquor display with a black cloth during the said time.
Seno emphasized that no License to Serve Liquor will be given to any establishment that is located in open public spaces, including convenience stores and sari-sari stores.
As to areas where drinking alcoholic drinks is not allowed, these include playgrounds, sports grounds or centers, church grounds, health and hospital compound, transportation terminals, gasoline stations, markets, parks, resorts, walkways, entrance way, roads, sidewalks and other areas where people gather.
It will be unlawful to any person or establishment to sell or serve liquor to minors.
Seno indicated in his ordinance that in case of doubt, the cashier or attendant must ask for any proof that the buyer is of legal age.
Corresponding penalties, including fines, cancellation of license to sell, license to serve and business permits, will be imposed to the establishment and person that violates the ordinance. (FMG/SunStar Cebu)