Pad­locked bars given re­prieve

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SEVEN of the eight night es­tab­lish­ments closed by the City Gov­ern­ment last week were al­lowed to re­open af­ter some of their vi­o­la­tions were writ­ten off on ac­count of a City Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion giv­ing them a one-hour “wind­ing down” ex­ten­sion for their cus­tomers to con­sume their or­ders be­fore clos­ing for the night.

Those granted re­prieve based on Res­o­lu­tion No. 433 se­ries of 2017 were the Am­per Sand (The Camp) at M. Roxas Brgy., Su­san’s bar, Igorota’s bar and Golden Kalaleng Bar all along Bokawkan Road, Su­per­sonic KTV Bar along Abanao St., the Likuor Store at Up­per Gen. Luna Road and Con­coc­tions at Salud Mi­tra Brgy.

City li­cens­ing of­fi­cer Al­lan Abayao said upon re­view and re­cast­ing of the list of vi­o­la­tions by the sub­ject bars vis-a-vis the one-hour ex­ten­sion, some of the of­fenses were crossed out from the record.

“For the re­main­der of the vi­o­la­tions, the own­ers were able to jus­tify like some dates were de­voted to their com­pany Christ­mas par­ties or re­served for birth­day par­ties and the like so the num­ber of vi­o­la­tions was re­duced and the Mayor (Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan) de­cided to just ask them to pay the corre

spond­ing fines but with a fi­nal warn­ing that suc­ceed­ing vi­o­la­tions would mean per­ma­nent clo­sure,” Abayao said.

The said es­tab­lish­ments were closed last week for re­peat­edly vi­o­lat­ing the 12 a.m. cur­few among nightspots from Novem­ber last year.

Prior to this, the City gave the said nightspots am­ple warn­ings and lee­way.

Res­o­lu­tion 433-17 signed by Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan last Dec. 8. sought to ask the Baguio City Po­lice Of­fice and the op­er­a­tors of the said es­tab­lish­ments to al­low their cus­tomers to con­sume their or­ders of food and drinks prior to clos­ing for the night.

The mea­sure how­ever pro­vides that these clubs should no longer ac­cept new or­ders, ad­mit new cus­tomers be­yond their al­lowed hours of op­er­a­tion and in­stead should phys­i­cally close their premises pur­suant to Or­di­nance No. 88 se­ries of 2009 which al­lows es­tab­lish­ments with­out to op­er­ate only from 3 p.m. to 12 mid­night and those with danc­ing from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

One es­tab­lish­ment, the Red Lion Pub and Inn how­ever re­opened with­out per­mis­sion from the City Gov­ern­ment forc­ing the City li­cens­ing team to again en­force the clo­sure Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Abayao said Red Lion’s case was dif­fer­ent as apart from vio- lat­ing the 12 a.m. clos­ing time 13 times, it has also been op­er­at­ing with­out a busi­ness per­mit due to zon­ing prob­lems.

Red Lion’s owner and em­ploy­ees trooped to City Hall af­ter the clo­sure was im­ple­mented to ap­peal their case and were told they will be al­lowed to re­op­er­ate only af­ter com­ply­ing with the per­mit re­quire­ment.

How­ever, the City Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice did not ap­prove its op­er­a­tion as the na­ture of the busi­ness is not per­mit­ted in the area clas­si­fied as res­i­den­tial based on the Zon­ing Or­di­nance and that the op­er­a­tion in the area is within a pro­hib­ited dis­tance from Teacher’s Camp as per the Liquor Or­di­nance. Abayao said the es­tab­lish­ment at­tempted to rem­edy the sit­u­a­tion agree­ing to op­er­ate plainly as a bed and break­fast joint but it was again de­nied due to lack of park­ing spa­ces which is another re­quire­ment un­der the law.

He said they were sur­prised to learn later that the es­tab­lish­ment had re­opened claim­ing they were al­lowed by the City Gov­ern­ment and worse, they were back op­er­at­ing as a bar based on po­lice and barangay re­ports.

This prompted Mayor Do­mo­gan to again or­der the im­me­di­ate clo­sure of the es­tab­lish­ment. Aileen Re­fuerzo

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