By Mike Crismundo
The city officials of Surigao City on Wednesday urged police authorities and other law enforcement agencies to strictly enforce curfew hours for minors so they will not be involved in or be victims of any crime.
The curfew hours for minors will be from 10 p.m. up to 4 a.m.
Local police authorities and other law enforcement agencies are mandated to enforce City Ordinance No. 310 series of 2010, also known as “The Curfew Ordinance for Minors”.
The city officials led by Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas asked the Surigao City Police Station (SCPS) and its operational control (Opcon) units to fully enforce the local measure so that youngsters or minors “can avoid or will not be involved in any form of criminality”.
“The only way to keep away the minors from any crime is to strictly enforce the curfew hours,” stressed the city chief executive.
Barangay officials, along their respective tanods are also directed to strictly enforce the curfew hours in their respective barangays in a bid to address all forms of criminality.
The parents are also advised to help guard their respective children.
“Always carry your (citizenry) ID for your identity,” Mayor Matugas said.
The general public is also advised that Martial Law is still existing in all parts of Mindanao and no one is excused when someone commits crime, stressed the city chief executive.
In a related development, the SCPS issued a reminder to all business establishments in Surigao City to stop selling liquor and alcoholic beverages to minors so they will not suffer the penalties, noting that a city ordinance was enacted in 1990 which prohibits the act.
The SCPS also said businesses especially those near schools that sell and serve liquor to minor students will be closely monitored.
The SCPS told establishments to post signs in conspicuous places warning persons below 18 years of age that drinking liquor, beer or other intoxicants is prohibited.
The measures should be strictly enforced to prohibit youngsters from imbibing intoxicating drinks, Surigao del Norte First District Rep. Francisco Jose F. Matugas ll said.
Meanwhile, at least 48 people, including 32 teenagers from different barangays were rounded up Monday and Tuesday nights after they were caught by Surigao City policemen roaming the streets past the city’s 10 p.m. curfew as authorities are scrambling to strengthen the implementation of their existing ordinances imposing curfew on minors.
The SCPS has doubled its effort in enforcing the curfew measure following a series of stabbing and robbery incidents taking place the past days victimizing a government office, shipping company and Globe Telecom office.
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