Friday, August 26, 2011

Municipal Council approves new raffle ordinance

Konsehal Rey Lawrence K. Tan

Mahinog, Camiguin - THE Municipal Council here approved on Monday an ordinance that would regulate the operation of raffle in the municipality.

Under the new measure authored by Councilor Rey Lawrence K. Tan, raffle may be conducted only by a charitable and public welfare organization.

Accordingly, this ordinance would now restrict private individual from holding raffle in the municipality.

Tan said this ordinance came after a bungled raffle in the municipality that victimized a number of people who purchased raffle tickets, but there were no winners. The said raffle was conducted by a private person.

Tan stressed a raffle regulation was needed to safeguard the people against scam.

R.A. 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991 gives the city and municipal mayors authority to regulate the holding of activities for charitable and welfare purposes within their respective jurisdiction. Such activities may be in the form of benefit shows or dances, bingo socials for charity, raffle draws and similar activities.

The new ordinance makes it unlawful to conduct or operate a raffle in the municipality unless said raffle has been covered by a permit issued by the Municipal Mayor.

The ordinance further provides that raffle permit shall be issued only to organizations that operate without profit to their members.

The ordinance imposes a fine from a minimum of P500 to a maximum of P1,500 or imprisonment of not more than twenty days or both.

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