by Homer R. Jajalla
“Children are one of the most important assets of the nation. Recognizing their vital role in shaping the country’s destiny, the Constitution lends its support to the promotion of their welfare to enable them to develop physically, morally, spiritually, intellectually, and socially, in a wholesome and normal manner and thus, transform them into healthy, upright, intelligent and useful citizens and potential community leaders.”
Thus declared Camiguin Provincial Ordinance No. 2008-09, entitled, an ordinance fixing curfew hours to minors below 18 years old within the province of Camiguin from 10:00 in the evening to 4:00 in the morning.
The ordinance prohibits young ones from loitering or roaming around in public places or open space whether public or private from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am unless with justifiable reason such as: the minor is attending civic or academic activities but with parental consent, 2) when minor is doing errand during emergency cases, 3) attending vigil or holy observance but in company of parents and guardians, 3) attending in any social or cultural presentations, night classes, group discussions, provided he/she will come home at a designated time, among others.
A violator of the ordinance shall be reprimanded but his/her apprehension must be recorded and marked confidential in a logbook of the Provincial/Municipal Social Welfare Office before the minor will be turned over to the parents. A one lecture, skills training, and seminar will also be given in the following day.
A two-day community service will also be imposed upon minors who commit the same offense for the second time and P250.00 fine for the third time.
The provincial governor, vice governor, SP members, social welfare officer, teachers, mayors, police, barangay captains and civilian volunteer personnel were empowered to strictly enforce the ordinance. (Mahinog Information Office)