DUMAGUETE CITY Elements of the Anti-Indecency Board (AIB) of Dumaguete City, provincial capital of Negros Oriental, have started rounding up massage parlors and spas following reports minors were allowed inside, aside from so-called extra service being offered to clients.
The Anti-Indecency Board head, Dr. Phoebe Tan, representing the academe, said Thursday the creation of AIB under the city mayor's office is actually hitting two birds with one stone.
During a surprise inspection, a number of massage parlors were found to be operating without mayor's permits and the usual alibi is that their papers are on process.
The group also discovered that some spas have trained masseurs but don't have licenses.
In the course of its inspection to make sure there are no indecent shows especially involving minors. The AIB had noticed very narrow hallways of pension houses that actually used by transients for a short period of time, apparently to maximize space, fire exits used as room accommodation, and others allegedly operating without the necessary permits for years.
The members of the board include representatives from the city legal office, city social welfare office, from the women and children police desk, from the religious sector, from the church, Liga ng mga Barangays, GWAVE, Department of Education, the academe, GAD focal person, VAWC (Violence Against Women and Children) president, including the presidents of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) and the Dumaguete Press Radio and TV Club, Inc.
Safety concerns were also raised with regards to lodging houses that are actually used as motels, one of which is being frequented and patronized by students, some of them even in uniform, as reported by a neighbor.
City legal officer Doram Dumalagan these kinds of establishments should be regulated.
Dumalagan said notices will be issued against establishments that have not yet complied with the requirements for mayors permits.
Source: Philippine News Agency