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Inuman na! Treñas lifts 2 a.m. liquor ban in Iloilo City

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Mayor Jerry Treñas has finally revoked Executive Order (EO) 146-2017 which imposes a 2 a.m. liquor ban on bars and other similar establishments in Iloilo City.

Treñas issued EO 46-2019 last Monday to repeal EO 146 issued by former mayor Jose Espinosa III.

EO 46 will take effect today, August 6. (https://dailyguardian.com.ph/eo-46-rips-eo-146-2-a-m-liquor-ban-lifted/)

The local chief executive said that EO 146 was imposed in 2017 after a surge in violent crime in the city.

“There were rising number of bars, night clubs, disco bars, and establishments which engaged in the unregulated dispensation of liquor or other intoxicating drinks even during wee hours of the morning and even at daytime which resulted in the improper and harmful conduct and behavior of the consumers,” according to him.

Treñas, however, said these incidents have gone down over time.

Iloilo City, he added, has become a center of business and is continuing with progress with the help of tourists and investors.

EO 46 provides a General Bar Guidelines bar owners and operators in the city will have to implement. They should comply with the following guidelines:

*All establishments must have their own security guards/bouncers to secure their respective premises

*Body search and frisking of bags shall be implemented strictly on everyone who enters their premises

*CCTVs shall be installed inside and outside the premises and shall be functioning at all times

*Serving of alcoholic drinks to minors is strictly prohibited

*Strict compliance of the city’s ‘No Smoking Ordinance’

*Unruly customers shall no longer be served with alcoholic drinks

*Customers who are trouble-makers shall be blacklisted and banned from their premises

*Active members of the Police and the Military forces are allowed entry inside the bars on official business.

A one-strike policy shall be imposed where any violations of the said provisions will immediately be a ground for cancellation of business permits and/or closure of bar establishments, the order stated.