A proposed city ordinance filed by Councilor Jonjie Rodriguez bans minors, or children 18 years old and below, from entering, watching or placing bets on any gambling establishment around the city.
Rodriguez said the measure is aimed at curbing many instances of minors either watching or participating in gambling events.
“It has been observed that in many instances, minors can be found loitering, watching and participating in these gambling establishments,” he said.
Rodriguez said the “constant exposure of these children at a young age” to any game of chance or gambling activities “may inevitably become an influential factor in a child’s way-of-life.”
He added it may negatively affect their “perspective towards spending money and time wisely.”
Violating operators may suffer a penalty ranging from P2,000 to P3,500, and possibly revocation of license for their third offense.
The proposed ordinance has been referred to the City Council’s games and amusement committee for deliberation.