Council to hold public hearing on ‘wet, wild’ parties ordinance

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Friday, June 20, 2014


THE City Council of Bacolod committee on women and children will hold a public hearing and committee conferences starting next week on the proposed ordinance regulating the conduct of the “wet and wild” parties and other similar events in the city, which was passed on first reading Wednesday.

Councilor Em Ang, committee chair, said over the Morning Show of ABS-CBN Bacolod Thursday that the ordinance was passed unanimously.

The ordinance seeks 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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Ang said it is not their intention to ban these parties because they also respect the rights of the youth to enjoy.

The City Government will just regulate these activities to protect young people from exercising too much freedom when attending such kind of parties, she said, adding that organizers should have a safety and security coordinator.

"We don't want what happened to an Ilonggo teenager who died after he got electrocuted in a ‘wet and wild’ party to happen here. That is what we want to avoid," Ang said.

The councilor added: "We do not prohibit or totally ban this kind of party but we want to ensure that minors are not allowed in these parties especially if they exceed the curfew hours."

The no smoking ordinance, curfew, and the regulation on the sale of liquor and alcoholic beverages should be enforced whenever parties of this sort are held, she said.

However, the conduct of the MassKara festival and barangay fiestas are exempted from the proposed ordinance.

Meanwhile, Roselle Llac, who put up the online petition against the “wet and wild” parties, said they are also launching another petition seeking to penalize SM City Bacolod for sponsoring the Summer Smash party last month.

It is a violation of the Gender Code of Bacolod authored by Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue almost eight years ago which totally bans bikini opens and similar activities in Bacolod, especially activities that demean, abuse and humiliate minors.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 20, 2014.

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