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Makati bans cellphones inside banks

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In a bid to counteract the widespread misuse of wireless communication technology by lawless elements, the Makati City Council has passed an ordinance banning the use of cellular phones or similar devices inside banks, pawnshops, money changers and similar establishments in the city.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay strongly endorsed the passage of Ordinance 2002-121, describing it as "a timely and proactive response that will effectively address the problem of increased vulnerability of these establishments to crimes such as robbery and holdup."

He noted criminals are now using cellphones to coordinate their movement, which has increased chances of succeeding in criminal activities and evading apprehension by authorities.

"The City Council worked on the speedy enactment of the said ordinance, sponsored by Councilor Israel Cruzado, in line with the city government’s commitment to protect the interests of the business community, thereby preserving the city’s integrity as the country’s prime financial and commercial center," Binay added.

Ordinance 2002-121 requires concerned establishments to post a sign at their respective entrances informing clients of the ban, and to provide adequate facilities for the safekeeping of cellphones and similar communication devices of clients while transacting business within their premises.

BINAY BUSINESS CITY CITY COUNCIL COUNCILOR ISRAEL CRUZADO ESTABLISHMENTS MAKATI CITY COUNCIL MAKATI MAYOR JEJOMAR BINAY ORDINANCE SIMILAR
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