WITH the rising number of crime-related incidents involving minors, the Cebu City Council passed last Tuesday a resolution ordering the strict enforcement of City Ordinance 1786, or the curfew ordinance.
Authored by Councilor David Tumulak, the resolution urges the 80 barangays in the city to coordinate with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of Social Welfare Services to strengthen their efforts in maximizing security.
“Aside from the crimes and minors being prone to vices, we’ve observed that there are still barangays that have yet to enforce the ordinance that’s why we’re passing this, especially with the coming elections,” he told reporters in a press conference last Monday.
The ordinance prohibits minors from loitering outside their residences from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
Rescue operations will be done by barangay police (tanods) in cooperation with some PNP personnel.
Rescued minors will be taken to the barangay hall while tanods and policemen will go their houses to ask their parents to pick them up.
“There are penalties for every offense, but it’s the parents who will sanctioned, not the children. Why? Because discipline starts at home,” Tumulak said.
For the first offense, parents will be asked to pick up their rescued children.
The second offense includes mandatory community services, depending on the barangay’s discretion.
For the third offense, a case will be filed against the parents or guardian of the minor for negligence.
Tumulak, however, clarified that the curfew does not apply in times of calamities, educational and religious activities and when children are asked to buy medication during emergencies.