‘Wet and wild’ parties ordinance seeks to preserve welfare, morals

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Thursday, June 19, 2014


‘Wet and wild’ parties ordinance in Bacolod seeks to preserve welfare, morals

THE City Council of Bacolod approved on first reading during its session on Wednesday the ordinance that will regulate the conduct of “wet and wild” parties and other similar events in the city.

The ordinance, authored by Councilors Caesar Distrito, Em Ang, Carlos Jose Lopez and Ana Marie Palermo, aims to regulate revelries and saturnalias (wet and wild parties) to preserve the welfare and morals of the residents of the city, particularly of minors and women.

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It stated that the approval of the Council is necessary before any organizer will be given the permit to hold such events.

The ordinance was introduced by the four councilors in the wake of an online petition lodged by a Bacolod resident following the staging of several “wet and wild” parties in the city during summer.

Prohibitions

Moreover, the ordinance provides the prohibitions that should be observed in these parties such as disallowing minors in participating or joining these events; wearing of indecent attires in relation to the provisions of the Gender and Development (GAD) Code of Bacolod City; and prohibition of smoking, intoxicating drinks and illegal drugs in accordance with all applicable laws and ordinances.

The proposed ordinance also requires the presence of “coordinators” who will ensure the safety and security of the partygoers.

It also stated that activities during Masskara or other celebrations organized by the city that are authorized by law are exempted from this ordinance except for events that are considered as revelry, public party or saturnalia.

The ordinance also mentioned that clubs, bars or any similar establishments are covered by the provisions of this ordinance while barangay fiestas or activities are subject to the regulation of their respective barangay councils.

Meanwhile, online petitioner Roselle Llac said on Wednesday that her group is saddened to know that one of the parties mentioned in their petition is being sponsored by the local government of Bacolod.

“It may be worth asking our city administrator that while he is against these kinds of events, these are city sanctioned events,” she said.

One of the events where the City Government is a co-sponsor is the Summer Smash dubbed as a “wet, wild, colorful party” held last May 15 at the SM City Bacolod grounds.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 19, 2014.

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