City Council adopts committee report on ‘wet and wild’ parties

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Monday, July 14, 2014


THE City Council of Bacolod adopted the committee report submitted by Councilors Caesar Distrito and Em Ang, main authors of the proposed ordinance that will regulate revelries, public parties, saturnalias and any other similar events being held in the City of Bacolod and providing penalties thereof.

The committee report stated the recommendation and suggestions made by the authors after a series of public hearings conducted on the matter where stakeholders were represented.

They recommended that in order to provide a clear definition of terms and scope and limitations for the ordinance, it should include provisions on how the ordinance will deal with school-sanctioned activities or parties.

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They added that the implementation of existing ordinances like the curfew ordinance will also help in preventing the minors from these inappropriate activities.

They also said there should be a specific provision on the tax requirement such as the 10 percent amusement tax, and that the Permits and Licensing Division should exercise more prudence prior to the granting of permits to these kinds of activities.

The authors said they proposed the ordinance to address the concerns of the parents, teachers and Church leaders who aired their sentiments and reactions with regard to the revelries that had happened in the City of Bacolod, where minors were allowed and tolerated to drink alcoholic beverages, smoke cigarettes while dancing in a wild or suggestive manner.

Some were seen doing sensual, lewd, disturbing and scandalous acts inside and outside of the venues of these events, they said, adding that an online petition was also launched relative to the issue.

The authors conducted two public hearings, the first attended by representatives and officers of student government from public and private secondary and tertiary schools, leaders from various religious congregations, representatives from the Department of Education, officers of the PTA Federation and representatives from the Bacolod City Police Office.

The second hearing was attended by the concerned city department and office heads, representatives from the barangays, and from clubs and bars.

The authors also emphasized that the measure was proposed not to totally ban or prohibit revelries, public parties or “wet and wild parties” but rather regulate the same and set limitations for minors.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 14, 2014.

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