Liquor Ban for Minors

navaThe 33rd Council of the City of Iloilo repealed Ordinance No. 1956-059, entitled “An ordinance prohibiting the sale of liquor and/or alcoholic beverages to minors and prohibiting the minors from drinking the same” and enacted Regulation Ordinance No. 2012-180, “Ordinance on Liquor Ban for Minors.” Upon enactment and after its publication in a local newspaper of general circulation, R.O. No. 2012-180 shall now be the law that will govern the regulation of liquor ban on minors.

According to City Councilor Hon. Plaridel C. Nava II, author of the said ordinance and Chairman, Committee on Task Force on Minors, this ordinance shall now provide the explicit mechanics to handle cases involving minors caught in violation of the liquor ban. He also added that in this new ordinance, minors is now defined as «a person under the age of 18 years old»,

Under R.O. 2012-180, the following are the PROHIBITED ACTS, to wit:

  1. It shall be unlawful for the permittee, owner, manager, operator or any person in-charge of any nightclubs, motels, dancehalls, music lounges, amusement places (internet cafes, video arcades, karaoke/disco bars, billiard halls, beach resorts, refreshment parlors), sari-sari store, halls, kiosks set up during public festivals/festivities or special occasion/celebration authorized by the City Mayor, or any similar public or private establishments in the City of Iloilo, to serve, sell, or dispense with, whether for value or for free, any alcoholic drink and/or liquor to any minor under 18 years of age of both sexes.
  2. It shall be unlawful for any minor under 18 years of age of both sexes to drink, take, possess,purchase or even attempt to purchase any liquor or alcoholic beverages;
  3. It shall be unlawful for any minor under 18 years of age of both sexes to engage in vending or selling as well as to serve any liquor or alcoholic beverages in any establishments;
  4. It shall be unlawful for a liquor selling establishment from allowing a minor to loiter in a permit premises where liquor is kept for sale or be in a room where liquor is served at a bar, unless the minor is in the company of his parent or guardian. Further, business establishment mentioned herein shall be required to post notices at the entrance door or any conspicuous places in their establishments such as “LIQUOR BAN FOR MINORS.”

Those establisments found violating and committing the above-mentioned prohibited acts shall be meted with the following sanctions:

First Violation : Closure of the place of business for three (3) days

Second Violation : Closure of the place of business for five (5) days

Third Violation : Closure of the place of business for ten (10) days

Fourth Violation : Revocation of business permit

This ordinance also specified those individuals who, upon violation of this ordinance, shall be held criminally liable, to wit:

  1. Parent/s or guardian of the child, if found guilty by appropriate court of consenting to or allowing their minors to drink, take, possess, purchase or even attempt to pur- chase any liquor or alcoholic beverages in establishments mentioned in Item #1 of the prohibited acts, and in any other public places , shall suffer the penalty of imprisonment of not less than 30 days and not more than 6 months.;
  2. Any person of legal age found in the company of the minor violating the liquor ban, if found guilty by appropriate court of consenting to or allowing their minors to drink, take, possess, purchase or even attempt to purchase any liquor or alcoholic beverages in establishments mentioned in Item #1 of the prohibited acts, shall suffer the penalty of imprisonment of not less than 30 days and not more than 6 months.

R.O. 2012-180 was enacted during the 14th Regular Session of the City Council held last April 18, 2012 with Hon. City Vice Mayor Jose S. Espinosa III, presiding.