By LITO RULONA
CITY hall’s Regulatory and Complaint Board has warned that it would work to close down commercial establishments in the city that turn their parking areas into places for public drinking binges.
Lawyer Jose Edgardo Uy, RCB chairman, said the RCB would not turn a blind eye to the marketing gimmick called “car shots” even as it remained unfazed by negative feedback from people who like the idea of drinking binges in parking lots.
“Tungod kay shot-shot lage ilimnon nga makahubog ang ginagamit. Karon atong ipatuman ang city ordinance para ang mga kabatan-onan mahilayo sa kahilayan,” Uy said.
Uy said the RCB is closely coordinating with barangay officials so they could help RCB in implementing the city law that prohibits drinking sprees in public places.
He said the peace and order committee of every barangay should monitor and enforce the ordinance.
The RCB said violators of the ordinance face a maximum imprisonment of four months and a fine of P1500.
Uy said the City Ordinance 5133-95 prohibits the drinking or consumption of alcoholic liquor or beverages in public places.
Uy said the situation becomes more complicated when establishments sell intoxicating drinks to minors. He said this is a violation of City Ordinance 13394-2018, otherwise known as the Cagayan de Oro City Comprehensive Children’s Welfare Code of 2018.