CITING safety and security concerns, Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente "Bambi" Emano has banned the consumption of alcoholic beverages within the Capitol premises.
A copy of Emano's notice said that the move is to maintain the safety and security of all the government offices, such as the state-owned hospital Northern Mindanao Medical Center, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and the National Bureau of Investigation, all located inside the Capitol compound.
"The Provincial Capitol compound premises is the government center for offices of the National Government offices. The presence of these sensitive and important offices at the Capitol compound requires strict adherence to safety and security," Emano said.
"To maintain the safety and security of all these offices and the transacting public, it is therefore mandated that selling and drinking any alcoholic beverages inside the premises is strictly prohibited," he added.
The order was also created because of talks that some of the Capitol's employees are already drinking liquor even during office hours.
"Andam nako pahamtangan ug silot ug pag-disiplina ang bisan kinsang empleyado nga musupak niini. Dapat i-sentro nato ang atong mga huna-huna sa pagtunol sa tiunay ug kinsasing-kasing nga pagerbisyo sa katawhan," Emano said.
Banned beverages include beer, wine, and spirits.
Emano said ambulant vendors and peddlers found violating the order will be driven out and will not be allowed to sell within the premises.
The vendors' lease contract would also be terminated should they violate the order.
Capitol Park in-charge Lorna Guibone, Provincial Jail Warden Dominador Tagarda, and Provincial Capitol Security Assistant Head Rosalino Galindo are directed to implement the order, inform tenants, lessee, ambulant vendors and peddlers, including the public.
Vendor Amado Lima, who sells liquors, said their earnings would likely drop since most of their customers buy alcoholic beverages, especially at night.
"Kinahanglan gayud namo mag-adjust niini pero sige lang kaysa naman mapahawa ta diri wala na hinuon kita'y kita," Lima said.