41 mi­nors res­cued in in­ter­net cafes

No­tice of vi­o­la­tions were is­sued to in­ter­net cafes who al­lowed mi­nors dur­ing class hours

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - PJ Orias

A to­tal of 41 mi­nors were res­cued by au­thor­i­ties this week as the city gov­ern­ment steps up its in­spec­tion and mon­i­tor­ing of in­ter­net cafes in dif­fer­ent barangays.

Led by the Reg­u­la­tory Com­plaint Board (RCB), the team res­cued 16 mi­nors found play­ing in in­ter­net cafes dur­ing the pro­hib­ited hours-- 7am to 3pm, dur­ing school days last Mon­day, No­vem­ber 5 at barangay 14.

On the fol­low­ing day, No­vem­ber 6, an­other 19 mi­nors were res­cued from the in­ter­net cafe in barangay 12, while the lat­est op­er­a­tion yielded 6 mi­nors in a piso net in barangay Car­men in Thurs­day, No­vem­ber 8.

Three of the mi­nors res­cued in barangay Car­men were al­legedly late for class and were barred from en­ter­ing the school, thus they chose to spend their free time at the in­ter­net cafe, the RCB said. The other 3 mi­nors cut classes just to play com­puter games.

RCB sec­re­tar­iat An­to­nio Resma Jr. said of­fi­cials of the schools where the mi­nors are en­rolled were con­tacted and the stu­dents were prop­erly re­turned to their schools.

Mean­while, no­tice of vi­o­la­tions were is­sued to the in­ter­net cafes who al­lowed the en­try of the mi­nors dur­ing class hours. Resma warned busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments prac­tic­ing this vi­o­la­tion that they could face clo­sure of their busi­ness or penalty, de­pend­ing on the grav­ity of the of­fense.

Un­der the Chil­dren’s Wel­fare Code, mi­nors are not al­lowed to play com­puter or video games from 07:00AM to 03:00PM dur­ing school days, and In­ter­net café own­ers are pro­hib­ited from al­low­ing chil­dren to ac­cess porno­graphic sites, nor be en­gaged in any porno­graphic ac­tiv­i­ties through the in­ter­net.

The cam­paign is es­pe­cially in­ten­si­fied this month in line with the cel­e­bra­tion of the Na­tional Chil­dren’s Month.

AU­THOR­I­TIES con­duct in­spec­tion in an in­ter­net café in barangay Car­men on Thurs­day, No­vem­ber 8, where 6 mi­nors were res­cued. (PJ Orias)

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