Republic Act 2437

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PHILIPPINE REBUPLIC ACT 2437
“AN ACT PROHIBITING THE ENTRY OF MINORS IN INTERNET CAFES OF COMPUTER RENTAL SHOP/COMPUTER GAMING SHOPS OR CENTERS, PHOVIDING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION THEREOF AND FOR OTHER” SECTION I: SHORT TITLE

This act shall also be known as the “INTERNET AND VIDEO-GAMING BAN FOR MINORS OF 2010”

SECTION II: POLICY
It is the policy of the state, consistent with the Constitution to promote the general welfare, to safeguard the interest of the in and out of school youth and the entire young populace. For this purpose, the government shall institute a balance policy whereby the use of technology such as internet café’s videogame shops and the likes, be regulated in order to promote education and preserve the culture of Filipinos and at the same time ensure that the interest of business and stakeholder are not adversely compromised.

SECTION III: PURPOSE
It is the main thrust of this Act to:

A. Prevent minors especially the student from hanging out at some Internet cafés and videogame shop/centers and other related establishments thereby promoting the sphere of education; B. Prevent the youth from excessively playing videogames thereby shielding them from becoming video game addict which cause the commission of crime by reason of desperation for money to feed their habit; C. Protect the minor for being the object of sexual exploration by paedophiles, foreign or local;

SECTION IV: DEFINITION OF TERMS
As used in this Act, the following shall mean:
A.PERSON- refers to an individual, partnership, corporation or any other business or legal entity; B.MINOR- refers to a person below 18 years old.
C.INTERNET- refers to the worldwide system of computer networks in which a user at any computer can directly get information from any other computer in the network. D.INTERNET CAFÉ- a place of business that has a number of networked personal computers with access to the internet for surfing, chatting, e-mailing and research this is...
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