Issue of August 5, 2018
Mt. Province

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Uniform closing time for bars receives positive feedback
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

Operators of night clubs, bars, and other establishments that operate mostly at night welcomed the proposal for a uniform closing time, but not the proposal for them to operate as early as 9 a.m.

In a public hearing Tuesday, members of the Baguio Association of Bars and Entertainers (Babes) said it is not practical to open at 9 a.m. for this would only complicate issues on peace and order, especially since the daytime is when most people are out. The daytime is also a time for their employees to rest after working until the wee hours, according to members of the Babes.

“May dahilan kaya kami nag-o-operate sa gabi. At least nakauwi na ang nakararami. Hindi practical na mag-umpisa kami nang maaga dahil wala rin namang pupunta,” said a nightclub manager.

The Babes has been lobbying for the city council to amend Ordinance 88 s. 2009, which only allows establishments with dancing to operate from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. while those without dancing are mandated to operate only from 3 p.m. to midnight and liquor retail is only from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Last May, the city council granted the request of the Babes albeit on a temporary basis, pending their decision on the proposal.

Councilor Faustino Olowan, chair of the city council committee on laws, said the committee is likely to amend the proposal using as basis not only the inputs of stakeholders during the public hearing, but also favorable feedback of the Baguio City Police Office.

In a letter to the councilor, BCPO Director S/Supt. Ramil Saculles said having a uniform closing time would allow the police to focus on other peace and order concerns. Among the conditions he suggested are for the bars to employ security guards to beef up security within establishments and to follow other regulations relative to the operation of night establishments, such as installation of soundproofing devices.

Olowan also suggested for the operators to schedule a dialogue with Mayor Mauricio Domogan, who, in his previous interviews, said night establishments should all be closed by midnight. He said as a Character City, premium should be given in preserving the family, rather than entertainment.

Olowan said the committee will recommend the creation of a task force that will monitor compliance of these establishments. He said a representative of the Babes will be part of the task force.

Authored by Vice Mayor Edison Bilog and councilors Olowan, Leandro Yangot, Joel Alangsab, Elmer Datuin, and Benny Bomogao, the measure seeks to amend Ordinance 88 s. 2009 which allows only establishments with dancing to operate from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. while those without dancing are mandated to operate only from 3 p.m. to midnight and liquor retail is only from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

In the proposal, all establishments with or without dancing including night club and day club, cocktail lounge with dancing, beer garden or house with dancing, bar with dancing, duly accredited tourist-oriented hotel with restaurant, bar or disco, cabaret or dance halls, folk house or folk den serving beer only, bar or coffee shop serving beer or liquor, disco pub, ordinary beer garden without dancing, cocktail lounge or bar without dancing, cocktail lounge, restaurant with liquor, Internet café, computer centers and dart centers will be allowed to operate from 9 a.m. to  2 a.m.

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