ONLY one out of more than a dozen Internet cafes that were inspected randomly in urban Cagayan de Oro last Friday had no violation of three local ordinances.
It was learned that the RCB or Regulatory and Complaint Board for Amusement Places under city accountant Beda Joy Elot conducted a surprise inspection in a few Internet cafes that day.
To their dismay, the inspectors discovered that almost all of the Internet cafés that they inspected except one were in violation of the ordinance mandating Internet cafes to install software blocking pornographic sites, the ordinance prohibiting Internet cafes from installing closed cubicles and the ordinance prohibiting minors.
RCB inspection team head Michael Fabello warned Internet café operators that they would be fined up to P5,000 and even face closure if they continue to be in violation of any of the three laws.
Along this line, the RCB has already coordinated with the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) headed by Councilor Yam Lam Lim to intensify the crackdown against wayward Internet cafes at the barangay level.
“Our surprise inspection is just a warning. We will magnify this soon and this time, sa barangay na jud,” Fabello said. There are an estimated more than a hundred Internet cafes in Cagayan de Oro including the coin-operated ones.
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