By Jonathan Hicap
The Muntinlupa City Council has passed Ordinance 17-044 that restricts the use of computer shops by these students and requires owners including those in non-commercial establishments such as homes that rent out computer units, to regulate the scope of operation.
Under the local law, elementary students can only stay for one hour while high school students can spend up to three hours in computer shops in the city. College students are allowed use computer shops without any time restriction.
The ordinance also prohibits computer shops from operating for 24 hours daily. They are only allowed to be open from 7 AM to 2 AM.
Renters 17 years old and below will be allowed in computer shops until 9 PM unless they are accompanied by a parent under which they can extend their stay up to 2 AM.
Computer shop owners are mandated to implement an age bracket limit to allow only high school students and above to access war and violent games.
Owners or operators caught violating the ordinance will be fined P1,500 and their computer units will be confiscated for the first offense.
A P3,000 fine and confiscation of units will be imposed for the second offense, and P5,000 fine and revocation of License and Permit to Operate will be done for third offense.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said the ordinance aims to promote the well-being of the youth.