CSF mulls regulation of students in malls

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government here is looking at passing an ordinance regulating uniformed students who are spending time in malls during class hours.

Mayor Edwin Santiago met the City School Board on Friday at Heroes Hall to discuss the proposed measure which came after a preliminary consultative hearing conducted by City Council Committee on Education chairman Councilor Noel Tulabut.

The city has three big malls and several shopping and entertainment centers, with one located at the city proper itself, in proximity to elementary and high schools, as well as colleges and other learning institutions.


“We are looking at the proposal very carefully as there are many compounding issues like the rights of students, the nature and cause of them being in the malls during class hours, plus the effect it may have on the malls who are major investors in the city,” Santiago said.

He told Sun.Star Pampanga that the proposal came after parents and other concerned parties took note of the presence of a large number of students in uniform in malls even if they should be in school on weekdays.

“This has to be worked out with parents, teachers and other stakeholders. We are looking at schools issuing students proper clearances regarding their need to go to the mall on school hours or probably having them accompanied by guardians, particularly elementary students, if they have to buy something or do some research in the mall. Our city legislators could possibly benchmark the regulatory law of Quezon City, perhaps, which has effectively implemented it,” noted Santiago.

He added that another hearing has been set to tackle major concerns of stakeholders.

“We would definitely listen to them and our City Council, led by our Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, would take the necessary actions. Rest assured, it will be beneficial to all stakeholders,” he said.

During the time of Santiago as presiding officer of the Sangguniang Panglunsod, the city successfully passed an ordinance that regulated the presence of students in Internet cafes and other entertainment and gaming centers during school days. (JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 19, 2014.

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