City councilor Nesario Awat has asked the city government to revise existing regulations on the selling of alcoholic beverages in establishments at the Puerto Princesa Baywalk by allowing establishments to sell them until 10 pm.
Awat said the new regulation will change the existing policy allowing the selling of alcoholic drinks until midnight. The revision of the policy, he said, will still allow visitors in the area to enjoy alcoholic beverages while at the same time placing limitations and discouraging heavy drinking.
Awat said the move is aimed at catering to the demand of visitors to the public park who want to drink alcoholic beverages in moderation.
The regulation on alcoholic drinks was enforced in the area of the city following several cases of criminal activities involving drunk individuals.
“Baywalk is a place for tourists. Tingin ko dapat natin i-allow ‘yung liquor kahit paano, so tourist can walk and at the same time have little bit of wine, and that is the privilege we can offer them by allowing liquor as long as hindi naman sobra,” Awat said.
“Naniniwala naman ako na mayroong tolerable na intake ng liquor and with this, hindi masisira ang ating power to discern what is right and wrong,” said Awat.
He said that the regulation of the alcoholics within the area also aims to maintain the image of baywalk as a “wholesome place” for everyone and especially for families.
“Hindi naman talaga painuman ‘yan, it is a wholesome place for everybody especially for families,” said Awat.
Awat said his proposal is also in consideration of legitimate business the engage in selling of alcoholic beverages because of the demand.
Jesus Flores, Security Supervisor of the Baywalk Management Board, said he is in favor of the proposed change in regulation.
“Pabor sa amin na mas inagahan ‘yung pag benta ng alak, pero kahit saan namang lugar hindi maiwasan na may nangyayaring gulo pero kami, mas naghihigpit kami ngayon,” said Flores.
He said that this will strengthen their regulation of the baywalk and to heighten its security.