Skaters now banned from Cebu City streets

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Sunday, March 2, 2014


CEBU -- The Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) Board passed a resolution last Thursday that seeks to ban skateboarders and rollerbladers from the city's streets.

Citom operations officer Jonathan Tumulak said he is looking for a place where skaters can enjoy their hobby.

He talked to a mall manager, but the owner is not keen on the idea fearing that some of the skaters might be thieves.

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Tumulak will talk to the Parks and Playgrounds Commission next.

Citom Executive Director Rafael Yap said City Ordinance 801 or the Traffic Code of Cebu City was passed in 1973 yet.

Rollerskaters in Cebu City
Children ignore the danger that goes with their chosen sports. Skaters are a common sight on the city’s busy streets. (Contributed photo)

Citom noticed there is an influx of rollerbladers and skateboarders on the streets. Some of them even cling to the handle bar of jeepneys.

“We are implementing the ordinance not because of the additional income but because of safety,” said Yap.

Councilor Roberto Cabarrubias was not immune to these menace on the street.

He shared that he almost bumped into one while driving his vehicle.

Cabarrubias thought legislative intervention that time but then he was informed that there is already an ordinance that just needs to be strictly enforced.

Skateboarders and rollerbladers caught on the streets will be fined P500 and their wheels will be confiscated.

Tumulak said Citom has confiscated six so far.

But he said the kids were merely warned, the skateboards and rollerblades were returned, and they were not compelled to pay the P500.

Among those apprehended was a 10-year-old boy whose father was aware that his minor son was going around the street on his rollerblade.

“Mohilak man kuno kung dili sugtan (The father said the boy cries if not given permission),” Tumulak said.

About 30 of these skateboarders and rollerbladers took to the streets their right to enjoy their hobby during the Edsa celebration last Tuesday.

While thousands join the Edsa anniversarry reenactment at the Capitol, a few also organized a protest at Fuente Osmeña against the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

And the mobile youth went around in their wheels, giving leaflets, about their right to enjoy the streets.

Mayor Michael Rama believes this is something the City, through Citom, can talk about with the persons concerned.

Rama said his son, Mikel, was a skateboarder in high school and he knows for a fact that these kids know how to listen.

Tumulak has already identified the United Cebu Skaters as the group to Citom can meet with. (JGA/RVC/Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 02, 2014.

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