Petition put up vs ‘wet and wild’ parties

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014


AN ONLINE petition calling to stop the staging of "wet and wild parties" in Bacolod City was launched recently by a certain Roselle Llac.

The petition found on https://www.change.org/petitions/1650695 is calling on the City Government of Bacolod, through the Office of Mayor Monico Puentevella, the City Council, and the Business Permits and Licensing Division to "exercise prudence and proper regulation of weekend events (and similar activities) to ensure that minors are barred from entering these event venues."

The petition cited the recent parties in Bacolod and other parts of Negros Occidental like the "Wild Water Weekend: Summer Pool Experience" held at the Hi Residences clubhouse last June 7; the Summer Smash held in the vacant lot of the SM City Bacolod last May 24; and Lakabash: Wet N' Wild held at Lakawon Resort in Cadiz City last May 24-25.

Summer Smash event
Young people having fun at the Summer Smash event held at SM City Bacolod last May 24. (Photo from SKT Digital Facebook Account)


These events "attract(ed) the attention of partygoers, mostly young people," the statement read.

The petitioner cited the rising rate of teenage pregnancy that is attributed to "poverty and the lack of education."

"We have to look at other trends that push our youth to engage in pre-marital sex and other form of immoralities which would result to unplanned pregnancy," the statement added.

"In the absence of government regulations and with teenagers these days having too much freedom of a wrong kind, it is not far that Bacolod would soon be among the cities with the highest number of teenage pregnancies, cases of STDs and HIV considering the kind of activities where they are engaged (in)," it added.

"Further, these volatile youngsters, if not manage(d) will soon become a headache to the city once they hook themselves into intoxicating drinks and worse, if they will be into taking illegal substances," it said.

"We, therefore, urge the City of Bacolod to strongly enforce the curfew ordinance for minor, monitor party venues, penalize violators, and bar youths from entering said venue to ensure the protection of every youngster against improper influences, hazards, and other circumstances prejudicial to his social and moral development," it appealed.

The petitioners also urged the church to take an active role by banning event organizers or government officials from entering the church should they opt to tolerate events that allow the participation of minors. “We do not want to live in a city like Sodom and Gomorrah.”

"Lastly, we urge parents to think harder in setting boundaries for their children. This is not the kind of Bacolod that we are dreaming about... This is not how we like Bacolod to move forward... We are for a safe city," it said.

"Sign the petition to stop any form of immorality in Bacolod," the title of the petition read.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 11, 2014.

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