More pub­lic hear­ing for LT’s com­puter shop law

Sun.Star Baguio - - FRONT PAGE - Lau­ren Alimondo Sun*Star Re­porter

A FOURTH pub­lic hear­ing is eyed for the pro­posed or­di­nance reg­u­lat­ing the use of com­puter rental shops in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of La Trinidad.

“The or­di­nance is to reg­u­late the oper­a­tion of com­puter rental shops. With the num­ber of com­puter shops, we need one reg­u­la­tion most es­pe­cially the en­try of mi­nors in th­ese es­tab­lish­ments. Ba­si­cally, com­puter ad­dic­tions are peren­nial prob­lem we want to solve,” said Coun­cilor Rod­er­ick Awingan.

Awingan added moth­ers have com­plained their chil­dren be­ing ad­dicted to com­puter while barangays have a hard time in the im­ple­men­ta­tion with the lack of spe­cific pro-

vi­sions from the ex­ist­ing or­di­nance.

Com­puter shop own­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tive in each barangay poured sug­ges­tions dur­ing the pre­vi­ous three pub­lic hear­ings.

Lo­cal en­force­ment team of the ex­ist­ing aw ob­served there were a num­ber of chil­dren into com­put­ers while prin­ci­pals from el­e­men­tary and high schools in La Trinidad added stu­dents are now en­gaged into steal­ing for com­puter rental added the law­maker.

Awingan be­lieves chil­dren six – years – old and be­low should not be al­lowed in­side com­puter shop.

The pro­posed or­di­nance in­di­cate that mi­nors are only al­lowed from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily and are re­quired to sub­mit an au­tho­riza­tion let­ter from their par­ent for spe­cial sched­ule.

With a com­pre­hen­sive en­force­ment, Awingan said the barangay, La Trinidad com­puter shop co­or­di­nat­ing coun­cil and the mayor are au­tho­rized to im­ple­ment the pro­posed or­di­nance.

Re­cel Am­ba­cang, pres­i­dent of the La Trinidad Com­puter Shop Own­ers Or­ga­ni­za­tion on Tues­day said their 211 mem­bers sup­port the move and have the or­di­nance strength­ened.

“We are see­ing the pos­i­tive ef­fect of the or­di­nance. We have form a group seek­ing for the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit and the par­ents in the val­ley to help us com­puter shop op­er­a­tors in the im­ple­men­ta­tion,” added Am­ba­cang.

In 2017 the mu­nic­i­pal busi­ness li­cens­ing of­fice re­ported more than 300 com­puter and other sim­i­lar busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments of­fer­ing in­ter­net and gam­ing ser­vices.

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