BAUKO, Mountain Province – Officials here reiterated the need for stakeholders to comply with the ban on the sale of liquor to minors.
Sadsadan Punong Barangay Arsenio S. Damilo reiterated the need for strict compliance with Ordinance 01-2001, which reiterates the prohibition on the sale and offering intoxicating drinks to individuals 18 years and below.
The measure aims to address the concern on the rising number of cases involving intoxicated minors within the municipality.
During the People’s Day meeting, the concern on the increase of incidents involving minors was raised.
Damilo said the alarming incidents need immediate action.
According to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO), 15 juvenile cases were recorded for the first semester of 2023.
During the first quarter, there are six child-at-risk records and for the second quarter, two child at risk and seven children in conflict with the law were recorded.
The data indicate the increase in cases involving minors is related to liquor intoxication.
Damilo sought cooperation of the store owners by abiding with the ordinance.
He said there is a need to remind the community about the issue for it to be given an attention and for it to be addressed.
A resident of Barangay Mabaay said the reiteration of Ordinance 01-2001 is a good thing for the community since it promotes discipline not only within the community, but most specially the youth. – Tracy Fermin