By Junex Doronio
IN HEAVEN THERE IS NO BEER song is expected to be heard once again although not inside beer houses and videoke bars as Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is poised to issue an executive order lifting the 24/7 ban on alcoholic beverages effective Sept. 21.
The mayor’s EO lifting the liquor ban will be issued next week after more than five months after strict prohibition of alcoholic beverages was enforced to control the spread of novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the country’s largest city in terms of land area.
“May I remind that still under the negative list of DTI are beer houses, clubs, bars. They cannot serve liquor even though we lift the ban. Their primary business of serving liquors remains under the negative list,” Duterte-Carpio clarified.
The feisty lady mayor said the local government decided to lift the ban to revitalize the economy and provide opportunities for the employees working in the liquor industry.
During her live interview over Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5) on Friday, Duterte-Carpio announced that residents may buy alcoholic drinks from establishments other than beer houses, clubs and bars, which are still prohibited by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to serve intoxicating drinks to customers.
It can be recalled that Duterte-Carpio imposed the liquor ban last April 6 to minimize the possibility of transmitting the dreaded virus during drinking sessions.
This developed as the local government push through with the reopening of the popular Roxas Night Market on Saturday, September 12, or six months after its closure.
Duterte-Carpio, however, said the site would initially reopen at 25-percent capacity with the vendors taking turns every two weeks.