Bill filed to stop minors from spending too much time in computer shops
House Bill No. 4740, also known as the “Internet Cafe Regulation Act“, has been filed at the House of Representatives which aims to protect the youth, especially minors, from online game addiction by regulating and limiting their access to computer shops and Internet cafes.
Authored by Valenzuela City 1st District Representative Win Gatchalian, the Bill aims to prevent minors from loitering or playing in computer shops and cafes during school hours and school days. It also wants to prevent minors from excessively playing on non-school days by limiting the time period they are allowed access to computer shops.
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According to the Bill, owners and managers of computer shops and Internet cafes are prohibited from admitting minors within school hours and during school days. Or from 7:00pm to 7:00am during weekends, holidays, cancelled school days, or during vacation.
However, minors can be allowed inside computer shops during schooldays but after school hours provided that he/she presents an I.D. and a written permit or clearance signed by the parent or either the school principal or teacher-in-charge. He/she is still not allowed inside the shop beyond 7:00pm unless accompanied at all times by a parent or legal guardian.
Establishments who violate the provisions of the Act will be penalized with fines of up to Php150,000 with possible revocation of business permit and license to operate, and closure of the establishment.
“How will the youth realize their role in nation-building when the excessive playing of video games in these establishments hinders their development and education? The youth will not be able to realize their potential when majority of their time is spent inside computer shops playing games instead of studying.” Gatchalian said.
Hit the source link below for the copy of House Bill No. 4740.