PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Basco mayor stands pat on curfew for minorsby Necitas G. Alconis
BASCO, Batanes, January 4 (PIA) -- Basco mayor Demetrius Paul C. Narag said he will continue to to implement the curfew for minors in the municipality.
In the recent multi-sectoral advocacy, information and education campaign, Narag said the implementation of the curfew is to ensure the safety and welfare of the minors, and to lessen the occurrence of teenage pregnancies and crimes which involve children in Basco.
Narag also sought the cooperation of business establishments, especially the computer and internet shops to strictly observe the curfew hours particularly 9:00 p.m. for minors l2 yrs. old and below and l0:00 to l2:00 pm for minors l3 to l7 years old.
Some businessmen said closing at 10:00 p.m. means income cutting but Narag said he is bent on running after the violators.
The mayor said that although there is a bigger number of business establishments who complied than those who do not, there is a need to continuously advocate for the 100 percent compliance of the municipal ordinance.
Narag also sought the support of the provincial and municipal social welfare and development officers, schools, churches, media, police personnel, PTCA officials and all agencies in Basco to exert efforts for the proper implementation of the curfew. (TCB/NGA/PIA Batanes)