The resolution was crafted after the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) observed that many business establishments, especially at Smallville Complex in Mandurriao district, have no security guards.
Lawyer Ferdinand Panes, director of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the city, said business operators need to employ security guards to ensure the safety of their customers.
“Dapat indi lang sila magsalig sa pulis. They have to help our police maintain peace and order,” he added.
The resolution is now awaiting the signature of City Mayor Jose Espinosa III.
Once approved, copies of the resolution will be distributed to business establishments, police stations and the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO).
Last year, Espinosa issued an executive order mandating all establishments that sell liquors to close at 2 a.m.
The city has also a regulation ordinance banning minors from roaming the streets from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. It also prohibits restaurants, nightclubs, motels, dancehalls, amusement places such as Internet cafes, video arcades, karaoke bars, billiard halls, beach resorts and other similar establishments from admitting minors within their premises during curfew hours, and selling of alcoholic beverages to them.IMT