PHOTO CAPTION: Both City Compliance Team (CCT) head Nestor Canong (inset, left) and Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) chief Jeck Conlu (inset, right) are working to ensure that those served alcoholic drinks in the city’s business establishments following the city’s lifting of the public consumption of liquor in public are all fully-vaccinated against COVID-19./iNews (N. Glenn Aragon/Photos courtesy of Aksyon Radyo, Philippine News Agency, and King Erlano via Flickr)
ILOILO CITY–Even with Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas having lifted the ban on the public consumption of alcoholic drinks to allow business establishments to serve liquor, the city’s Compliance Team is still making the rounds of resto-bars, specifically at the Smallville Complex area, to ensure that only fully-vaccinated customers are served intoxicating drinks and that establishments only take the maximum capacity allowed at any given time.
According to Nestor Canong, head of the compliance team, they engage the management of these business establishments to remind them of the requisites involved in the city government’s recent move to once again allow the serving of alcoholic drinks in public.
He also said that aside from checking on the customers consuming alcoholic drinks in public, they also make sure that all the staff of these establishments are fully-vaccinated as well. So far, he quipped, those they have visited have been very cooperative and compliant with the city government’s requirements.
According to Canong, there is double-checking of the vaccination status of resto-bar customers by not only the establishment itself but the city’s compliance team that do random inspections to ensure they have completed their vaccination against COVID-19.
Meanwhile, business establishments that are caught serving alcoholic drinks to customers who are not yet fully vaccinated will face penalties ranging from suspension of their business permit to its outright revocation or termination.
This was the reminder of Iloilo City COVID-19 Team spokesperson Jeck Conlu, who said that the responsibility of checking whether a customer is fully-vaccinated or not lies solely on the business establishments.
“(May salabton) ang business establishment because ila ‘na kag sang mga tawo nila nga responsibilidad nga mapasiguro nga ang ginaserbihan nila mga fully-vaccinated (batok sa COVID-19) [The business establishment will be answerable because it is their responsibility and that of their staff to ensure that all those that they serve alcoholic drinks to are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19],” Conlu stated.
He added random inspections will be conducted by personnel of the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) as well as members of the city compliance team and the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) and if someone among their customers is found not fully vaccinated, they will make a report for referral to the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO).
“So, kun may makita, ubrahan naton ina sang report, i-refer naton sa BPLO kag i-discuss ‘na naton sa BPLO kun ano ang mga posible nga penalidad nga ihatag sa ila or i-impose sa ila [So, if we see (a violation), we will make a report of it for referral to the BPLO. We will then discuss what possible penalties will be given or imposed],” he explained.
He added that the business establishments will be granted the chance to give their side and explain why they should not be penalized.
As for customers found drinking despite not being fully vaccinated, Conlu said they will not be sanctioned. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNews)