By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The national government is planning a nationwide implementation of “Oplan: Rody,” which cracks down on street drunks and minors who loiter in the streets late at night.
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya, who was in Bacolod City last Friday for the orientation on federalism at the SMX Convention Center at SM City Bacolod, said towns and cities that do not have a curfew ordinance should create one.
He pointed out, the Supreme Court will be releasing several guidelines for local government units to follow.
Malaya said ‘Oplan: Rody’ will contribute to the administration’s war on drugs, as barangay officials would be taking an active role in ensuring children are no longer out in the streets at night.
He added, it would also solidify the peace and order situation of the country.
Aside from clearing the streets of drunks and minors, ‘Oplan: Rody’ would also require men to always wear shirts and enforce no smoking ordinances.
Currently, Bacolod City has a curfew ordinance which prohibits minors from loitering in the streets between 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. the next day./DGB, WDJ