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RESCUE OPERATION. The Inspectorate Team rescues 38 minors playing computer games during school hours in Barangay Kauswagan, this city yesterday. Photo courtesy of RCB.

Higher penalty for ‘pisonet’ violators sought

By LITO RULONA
Correspondent

The Regulatory and Complaint Board (RCB) is set to review the existing ordinance penalizing internet and piso net owners who allow minors to play computer games during prohibited hours.

RCB Secretary and Inspectorate Team Leader Antonio Resma, Jr. said yesterday that he would personally recommend the immediate review of the penalties to be imposed against violators of the ordinance in their meeting this Thursday.

“We will propose to impose P5 thousand penalty for the first offense na para ma hadlok operators. Sadly wala na ma consider sa pag enact sa City Ordinance No. 13394-2018, but possible atong i-recommend na again sa pag evaluate sa board karon Thursday,” he said.

He said the results of the previous rescue operation clearly manifested that a lot of internet and piso net owners refuse to follow the ordinance.

Yesterday, the RCB Inspectorate Team, upon request of Pedro Balite, Punong Barangay, Barangay Kauswagan, together with personnel from the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children of Barangay Kauswagan and Cagayan de Oro City Police Office-Women and Children’s Protection Desk under the supervision of Senior Insp. Rowena Cabatingan, and personnel from Police Station 5, conducted a joint rescue operation of minors at an piso net in Barangay Kauswagan, this city.

Notice of Inspection Findings were issued and 38 minors were rescued. They were brought to the barangay hall, and were given appropriate intervention by the BCPC and WCPD together with their respective parents.

In line with the celebration of the National Children’s Month, the RCB strengthened its campaign on the regulation of internet cafés as provided under the Cagayan de Oro City Comprehensive Children’s Welfare Code of 2018.

Minors are not allowed to play computer or video games from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm during school days, and Internet café owners are prohibited from allowing children to access pornographic sites, nor be engaged in any pornographic activities through the internet. (with reports from cio)

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