PARANAQUE City Mayor Edwin Olivarez issued yesterday an executive order banning the sale of liquor throughout the city for the period of community quarantine from March 16 to April 14.
Olivarez signed Executive Order 24, directing the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) to suspend the selling and serving liquor and other alcoholic and intoxicating beverages effective immediately.
He said banning the sale of liquor during the period of community quarantine aims to discourage residents from gathering at bars and clubs and streets.
“Our officials sees the need to impose total liquor ban as another measure to prevent social gatherings on public places and mitigate possible spread of corona virus,” Olivarez pointed out.
Upon receiving the order, lawyer Melanie Soriano Malaya, BPLO chief, forwarded the copy of the EO to all supervisors and managers of hotel and casino resorts, Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators or POGOs, restaurants and other establishments located along Entertainment City in Coastal Road.
Thousands of foreign nationals mostly Chinese, Koreans and Taiwanese are employed in these world class hotels and Pogos for the past three years. Girlie bars and Japanese Karaoke Bars along the stretch of Roxas Boulevard were also warned not to sell liquor and beers.
Despite a city-wide curfew between 8 pm and 5 am, city hall officials and police operatives learned that several foreigners were seen in public places and hotels drinking beers and liquors until the wee hours and completely disregarding social distancing.
Paranaque has begun implementing numerous precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19 even before President Duterte declared the entire country under state of calamity amid the outbreak of coronavirus.