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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Legazpi City initiates curfew for minors

By Julius Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, June 15 (PIA) – Reinforcing the drive against juvenile crimes, Legazpi City mayor Noel Rosal has ordered the Legazpi City’s law enforcement bodies to implement curfew for minors below eighteen years old as a new city ordinance.

Yesterday, Rosal ordered Legazpi City’s Chief of Police P/Supt. Joselito Ensico to implement the curfew from 10:00 pm until 4:00 am. Stipulated in the city’s ordinance, law enforcement units would be conducting regular patrols on favorite youth hang-out areas, like internet café and billiard halls, during the said hours.

Rosal urged the city’s PNP, Barangay Curfew Enforcement Teams (BCET) and Public Safety Officers (PSO) to inform the citizens within their given jurisdiction of the curfew, so that parents would be able to hinder their children from staying out late at night.

BCETs would be conducting arrests of minors roaming around public places during curfew hours and will be returned to their parents or guardians. If a youth should be rescued by a personnel of the PNP or PSO, the youth will be turned over to the BCET and parent of the violator would be issued a curfew citation by the BCET team chairman.

Should the minor violators be residents of a different barangay, the BCET would hand them over to the City Social Welfare and Development Office for their safety and protection.

To avoid being apprehended, parents are advised to accompany their children during curfew hours. Emergency purposes, like going to the physician and buying medicines, or scholastic reasons for students are also given consideration by authorities.

For the first violation, parents or guardians of the minor would be given a reprimand letter by the authorities. If the offense is committed for the second time, the parents will be required to attend a one-day therapy session at the Office of the City Social Works and Development.

If the violation is repeated for the third time, the parents would pay a fine of Php 500 or render one-day community service. Failure to comply with the said penalties would result to a criminal complaint filed in court against the parents, to be signed by the Chief of Police due to violation of a city ordinance. (MAL/JBE/PIA5)

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