Fields Avenue clubs warned of closure
Posted on July 24, 2013 at 9:44 am
ANGELES CITY – Bar owners at the entertainment district here have to double time in complying with the requirements set by City Hall and police authorities to ensure smooth business operations and avoid being padlocked for “non-compliance” offense.
Setting an example, three girly bars, including Angel Witch, Devil Witch and Voodoo clubs, all situated at the heart of Fields Avenue in Barangay Balibago, were closed and permanently padlocked for alleged “fire violation”, said a bar owner who declined to be named.
This developed as police and City Hall officials called a meeting with bar owners recently. A total of 40 club proprietors have been invited to join in the “conference” but only 11 have so far responded and participated.
Among the participants in the meeting include Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan’s chief of staff Alex Cauguiran, Angeles City police director Senior Supt. Eden Ugale, the provincial chief of the Pampanga Criminal Investigation and Detection Team (CIDT) and representatives from the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).
Only six Koreans, an Australian, German and three Filipina floor managers of different bars have joined in the meeting called by authorities.
The discussion, according to Central Luzon Daily sources, evolved on several topics including violations of the anti-human trafficking law, local ordinances such as bar fines, sanitary, health and working permits of employees.
The most interesting topic was about “non-compliance” of requirements set by City Hall and police executives, said the source who spoke to CL Daily on condition of anonymity. He did not, however, elaborate further on the “non-compliance” violation.
“Non-compliance is a general term, a club owner must know how to read between lines,” said the club owner, adding that the City Hall executive had warned that several clubs and entertainment joints will be closed in the next six weeks.
The city hall executive, the source said, also said that a big number of clubs will remain open until 2015 only.
The entertainment district contributes about 30 to 40 percent of the city coffers in terms of business permits, tax and other duties.
Central Luzon Daily tried to reach City Hall and police officials but failed. – Jess Malabanan
SOURCE: Central Luzon Daily