AN order lifting the liquor ban in the city of Manila was issued by Mayor Isko Moreno.
Moreno said that Executive Order No. 29, Series of 2021, dated September 15, 2021 and attested to by Secretary to the Mayor Bernie Ang, lifts the ban on the sale of intoxicating drinks such as wines, liquor and beer and the like. The EO came after Metro Manila shifted to Alert Level 4 of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and is effective from September 16 to September 30, 2021.
“After consultation, the city finds no imperativeness to impose a liquor ban for now,” the mayor added. It was learned that he held a meeting with concerned department heads and establishment owners.
Moreno told an interview that the lifting of the liquor ban only allows liquor establishments to resume their business of selling wines, beers, liquor and the like but does not automatically mean that drinking is already allowed outside homes.
With the selling of intoxicating drinks already allowed in Manila, Moreno asked barangay authorities and the police to strictly implement the prohibition on drinking in public places, which stays despite the lifting of the liquor ban.
He also directed barangay bureau director Romy Bagay to ensure that the basic health protocols are followed to the letter by each of the city’s 896 barangays.
Under the order, establishments concerned are required to follow the local regulations as well as basic protocols like requiring face masks and social distancing during their business operations. They are also not allowed to sell to minors.
According to Moreno, establishments that will be found in violation of the set rules may face closure. Moreno also stressed that Ordinance 5555 that prohibits drinking in public places is still very much in effect.
The said ordinance was an offshoot of persistent reports of residents drinking in the streets and even creating chaos while drunk, in violation of the ‘stay at home’ orders and the curfew being enforced in the city.
The mayor reiterated his earlier calls for the residents to use their money wisely and prioritize basic needs over vices like intoxicating drinks.
“Kung sakali naman na talagang hindi ninyo matiis na di uminom, ang panawagan ko, ilagay sana ninyo sa tiyan at huwag sa ulo,” he added. ANDI GARCIA