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Iloilo City remains peaceful after repeal of bar curfew

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A week after Mayor Jerry Trenas repealed an executive order imposing a curfew on bars, the night scene Iloilo City has remained peaceful so far, police said.

Trenas had repealed the executive order imposing a 2 a.m. curfew on the operation of bars and similar establishments in the city.

So far, city police chief Police Col. Martin Defensor Jr. even noted a decrease in crimes in the past week compared to the same period last year (https://dailyguardian.com.ph/how-is-iloilo-city-a-week-after-repeal-of-eo-146-x/).

He said that in the last week, there were 38 incidents, compared to 55 in the same period last year.

Defensor added bar operators have been compliant with the guidelines set by Trenas’ Executive Order 46, especially owners of big establishments.

But Defensor said they are having a hard time with small business establishments since they cannot be compelled to install CCTVs and hire security guards because of their limited finances.

For now, Defensor said they are still discussing how to respond to the situation, adding that the bars need to be classified according to their income.

He added that he is hopeful that the decreasing crime incidents will be maintained in the coming months.

Meanwhile, business establishments in the metro can hardly feel its effect a week after the repeal.

Jim Velez, president of the Iloilo Smallville Business Association said that it will take time before customers and Ilonggos flock bars and similar establishments in the metro.

Velez said one of the many factors would be the bad weather and the recent sea tragedy that forced Ilonggos to stay in their homes.

Velez added the city is on its way to becoming alive and full of energy because of the repeal of EO 146.