Mayor Estelita M. Aquino of Moncada, Tarlac has issued an executive order promulgating the 2023 Implementing Rules and Regulations of the curfew ordinance in the municipality.
Under EO. 49, series of 2023, which was issued on Nov. 28, 2023, Aquino cited the observance of “significant increase” in the number of children in conflict with the law.
She said this poses a threat to the kids’ safety and well-being, as well as the overall peace and order within the community.
The mayor also noted the rise in HIV cases, particularly among the youth population, attributable to risky sexual behavior and prevalence of hookup culture during nighttime hours.
“The existing curfew ordinance of the Municipality of Moncada, Tarlac requires necessary amendments, particularly the penalty clause, to address these emerging challenges, protect the welfare of minors, and promote healthier behaviors among the youth,” she said.
Hence, the official said, “The hours of 10:00 o’clock in the evening to 4:00 o’clock in the morning the following day is hereby declared as “CURFEW HOURS” for any person below 18 years of age.”
The EO said violators of curfew hours shall not be held more than six hours.
The parent/s or guardian/s of the minors who violated the Ordinance could be penalized with a fine up to P2,500 for third and subsequent offenses.
Minor violators shall undergo counseling or intervention depending on the number of violations.
The IRR shall take effect immediately following its posting in at least three conspicuous places in the municipality and on social media platforms of the local government unit.