Aggressive campaign on ‘rugby boys’ pushed

THE City Council urged the Bacolod City Police Office and the Department of Social Services and Development to implement a more aggressive campaign involving the "rugby boys" or solvent addicts especially those along Lacson Street fronting the Capitol Lagoon.

In a resolution authored by Councilor Em Ang, the City Council also urged the City Legal Office (CLO) Enforcement Unit to ensure the strict implementation of City Ordinance 328 on the use of rugby and other volatile substances.

Ang, who chairs the City Council committee on family, and child care and development, said that Lacson Street is a major business and tourism strip where numerous business establishments are located and vehicle and pedestrian traffic is busy.

She noted that "rugby boys" are proliferating in this area and are often seen openly and publicly sniffing "rugby" any time of the day.

City Ordinance 328 penalizes the use, possession or unauthorized sale to minors of volatile substances for the purpose of inducing intoxication or in any manner changing, distorting or disturbing the auditory, visual or mental process.

Ang said there is a steady increase and rampant use of rugby and other volatile substance by minors despite of the passage of such ordinance.

It is imperative for the CLO Enforcement Unit to strictly implement City Ordinance 328 in order to promote and protect the physical, intellectual, social, moral and spiritual well-being of our youth, Ang said in the resolution.

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