Noisy motor vehicles in the city to be silenced-A A +A
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
THE city council has approved on first reading a proposed legislative measure authored by City Councilor Roberto Ortega making it mandatory for noisy motor vehicles to use silencers in their exhaust pipes to lessen noise pollution in the city.
The proposal entitled "requiring the use of silencer to eliminate noise pollution from automobiles and motorcycles emitting excessive sound or noise," is in response to queries raised by the public particularly pregnant women regarding noise pollution usually generated thru mufflers from the engine pipes of automobiles and motorcycles.
It was observed by the office of councilor Ortega that the aggravating and maddening sounds produced from the engine pipe of automobiles and motorcycles may result in a wide range of adverse health effects such as noise induced hearing loss, high blood pressure, stress, and in the case of pregnant women possible birth defects, shortened gestation period, and decreased birth weight. Likewise it was also observed by councilor Ortega as revealed in his proposed law that excessive noise emitted from motor vehicles raises the tendency of stimulating aggression and other anti-social behaviors. In his proposed legislative measure councilor Ortega said that with the use of a silencer on the engine pipes of noisy automobiles and motorcycles it would drastically reduce if not eradicated excessive noise generated from the engine pipe of their motor vehicles.
If the proposal becomes a law all automobiles and motorcycles in the city which emit excessive noise will be henceforth required to use silencers in their engine pipes or exhaust pipes thus eliminating the said excessive noise. It is also provided in the said proposed law that any motorist who is found liable and found guilty of violating any of its provisions shall be fined 500.00 pesos and/or four hours community service for the first offense, 1,000.00 pesos for the second offense and/or 10 hours community service, and 3,500.00 pesos for the third offense and/or will be subject for cancellation, revocation of license as well as imprisonment for not less than 20 days but not for more than one month, all upon the discretion of the court.
Relative to the above, the proposed law also directs the Land Transportation Office, the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO), the traffic management group, to jointly monitor automobiles and other transport motor vehicles plying the city that produce or emit excessive sounds.
The Parole and Probation office is likewise directed to supervise and monitor any violator/s who will be rendering community service after due process.
In another matter, the senior citizens of Baguio took over the city council last Monday as part of the Senior Citizens Officials for a Day (SCOFAD) program. In the City Council senior citizen Romeo Umali took over the reins of the august body as presiding officer and vice Mayor taking over the duties of Vice mayor Daniel Farinas. In the councilor level senior citizen Flora Balaba took over the duties of city councilor Edison bilog, senior citizen Eduardo Reyes for city councilor Roberto Ortega, senior citizen Sonia Mina for city councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, senior citizen Alberto Salbino for city councilor Isabelo Cosalan Jr., senior citizen Policarpio Lansingan for city councilor Leandro Yangot Jr., senior citizen Virginia De Castro Valencia for city councilor Elmer Datuin, senior citizen Hrothgar Mori for city councilor Richard Carino, senior citizen guina Cabanban for city councilor Faustino Olowan, senior citizen Eduardo Gamayon for city councilor Joel Alangsab, senior citizen Aguiles De Jesus for city councilor Elaine Sembrano, senior citizen Alexis Ines for city councilor Peter Fianza, senior citizen Generosa Carbonell for city councilor Fred Bagbagen, senior citizen Fidel Oyan for ex-oficio city councilor and LIGA President Rocky Aliping and senior citizen Elizabeth Roc Huliganga for ex-oficio city councilor and SK Federation Chairperson Karmin Cheryl Dinney Yangot.
Congratulations to our senior citizens for continuing to serve City. Mabuhay Kayo!
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 09, 2013.