Municipalities in southern Palawan have adopted the ordinance lifting the liquor ban but with restrictions.
In Brooke’s Point, mayor Mary Jean Feliciano adopted amended Ordinance No. 2258-2020, setting aside Executive Order No. 24 her office issued on June 4 supposedly to extend the liquor ban until June 15.
She said it had been superseded by the amended provincial ordinance authored by board member Ryan Maminta and co-authored by other board members.
She said the sale is already allowed, but consumption must not be done in public.
“Higher policy naman sila kaya adopted na natin, pero may repealing clause naman. Puwedeng magbenta ng alak pero hindi puwedeng uminom ng alak in public at ito ay sa loob ng bahay dapat,” Feliciano said.
Sofronio Española has also adopted the amended ordinance, according to mayor Marsito Acoy.
He told Palawan News Tuesday that his town has no executive order ordering the liquor ban, but depends on the provincial government on the implementation of such policy during the quarantine.
“Wala tayong executive order dyan para sa liqour ban, pero hihintayin natin kung ano ang pasya ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan para sa pagbabawal o pagpayag sa pagbenta o pagiinom ng alak,”said Acoy.
Narra mayor Gerandy Danao also said they will follow the guidelines set forth by the provincial ordinance. However, he said drinking must only be done at home by residents.
“Nasa panahon pa rin tayo ng krisis at hindi maiwasan minsan ang gulo kaya pakiusap kung iinum ng alak sa loob ng bahay lang tayo dahil nakasaad naman yan sa in-amend na ordinansa ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan,” Danao said.
According to Section 7 Prohibited Act under subsection c of the ordinance, “the purchasing of liquor and other alcoholic beverages shall be allowed within the territorial jurisdiction of the province”.
However, the serving and consumption in public places are still prohibited. Consumption may only be done by the residents in their homes.