La Union PNP enforces curfew hours on minors
By Jessie R. Valdez
San Fernando City, La Union (6 February) -- "It is our duty to keep the city peaceful and orderly and protect the children from terroristic acts or from bad elements is a top priority," Police Supt. Rolly Abalos Bersola said.
Bersola disclosed that the city ordinance on curfew for minors or children below eighteen (18) years old is strictly implemented in the city. He added that the ordinance will not only benefit the PNP since most street crimes are committed by minors especially those engaged in fraternities but to parents as well since they expect their children to be home early or on time.
City Ordinance No. 2002-010 entitled "An Ordinance Prohibiting Minors, either Alone or in Groups, from Roaming and Loitering within the Territorial Jurisdiction of the City of San Fernando from 10: P.M. to 4:00 A.M. Without Justifiable Reason, and Providing Penalty for Violation Thereof", enhances the peace and order and security program of the City Government under the new leadership of Mayor Pablo C. Ortega.
The ordinance, Bersola said, is a disciplinary measure for young ones not to loiter or roam in any part of the city from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM unless with a justifiable reason such as : the minor is working that requires nightshifts, when minor is in the company of an adult, 2) during Saturdays and Sundays, during fiestas and holidays & school related activities.
In line with this, Bersola explained that when apprehension takes place, the child should show a valid ID issued by the employer and minors to be excused when with the company of adult that is related to the child and purpose of still roaming around.
A violator of the ordinance shall be fined P500.00 and the child shall remain under the custody of the police or Barangay Tanod and only to be released when fetched by their parents/guardians.
Policemen and Barangay Tanods were deputized to strictly enforce the ordinance so, close coordination and constant meetings has been conducted, Supt. Bersola said.
Although the ordinance is not applied during fiestas, still we make it a point that children are secured and remind them to go home early even if in company with adult ones. He disclosed that the SFC Police force is in full alert status now that the city fiesta celebration is going on here and vowed to make the city peaceful and orderly by fully securing the area since a maximum number of personnel will be deployed and when necessary, augmentations from different police stations and units will be deployed. (PIA La Union) [top]