Mayor Sara lifts liquor ban in Davao City


Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has lifted the 24-hour liquor ban in the city.

Under Executive Order No. 50-A, the lifting of the 24-hour liquor ban, which was imposed since April, was effective 12:01 a.m. September 21.

“The Vices Regulation Units (VRU) and Barangay Council shall conduct vigorous surveillance of all restaurants, fast-food, sari-sari stores, and other establishments covered by this EO and must be immediately move for the closure of an establishment after a single violation is properly documented,” she said in the EO.

Duterte-Carpio, however, reminded the Dabawenyos of the City Ordinance prohibiting the selling, serving, and drinking of alcoholic and other intoxicating drinks from 1:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Also, Dabawenyos are reminded that under Section 4 of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Memorandum Circular No. 20-44, beer houses and similar establishments whose primary business is serving of alcoholic drink such as nightclubs, bars, beer gardens, etc. shall not be allowed to operate under any form of community quarantine.

The serving of alcoholic beverages is permitted in restaurants and fast-food businesses but will only be allowed a maximum of two individual servings. This is according to Section 3 of the DTI Memorandum Circular No. 20-39 Series of 2020.

Duterte-Carpio clarified that this rule shall also apply to “videoke” bars and “karinderyas” or food business serving alcoholic drinks.

“They must not exceed the allowable serving in restaurants and fast food, because there is a regulation in the serving. Otherwise, if you are allowed to serve unlimited drinks in your establishment, DTI’s purpose to regulate the serving in restaurants and fast food will be defeated,” she said.

The mayor also reminded Dabawenyos to drink moderately. She also suggested that they drink in their houses and not to invite other people.