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Lazatin rescues minor, orders closure of bar

ANGELES CITY — Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. continues to ensure the strict compliance of regulations on business establishments here as one entertainment bar in Barangay Pampang here has been ordered to be shut down on Monday (April 17).

IM KTV Bar, located in Kapumpot St., Timog Park Subdivision, faced closure due to the hiring of a minor employee aged 17.

“Alam naman po ninyo na mahigpit nating ipinapatupad ang mga regulations natin. Let us ensure that all are in compliance,” Lazatin said.

“We will not allow any wrongdoings. The city government will file charges against the bar,” Lazatin furthered.

Aside from the rescued minor who resides in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte and has been working in the bar since early January 2023, a total of 44 other employees were also taken to be assessed at the Ima Foundation.

Mayor Lazatin has conducted a random yet regular inspection among business establishments in the city with a team from the Business Permit and Licensing Division led by Evangeline Malonzo, City Social Welfare and Development Office headed by Edna Duaso, Angeles City Police Office, led by City Director PCol. Juritz Rara, Police Station 2 and the Women and Children’s Protection Desk.

According to Duaso, the rescued minor will remain under the custody of CSWDO at the Home for the Girls.

The city government will coordinate with the local government of Tagum City in Davao del Norte to reintegrate the rescued minor to her family.

Duaso also said that she was instructed by Mayor Lazatin to assist and ensure the welfare and safety of all rescued employees.

Mayor Lazatin, since taking office in 2019, has been implementing the strict compliance of regulations particularly for business operations. (UnliNews Online)

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