Ban on videoke, ‘sounds,’ a respect to rights of others

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Friday, January 31, 2014


DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday that the proposed ordinance regulating videokes and vehicle sound systems simply requires the public to be mindful of the rights of others.

Duterte is throwing support to the proposed ordinance, authored by Councilor Karlo Bello, which was already approved on first reading and is up for committee hearings.

"Ang katuyoan gyud ana is respeto sa isig katao nimo. Your right to enjoy music is also subject to the rights of others, imong silingan nga gusto'g hilom. You cannot do it nga mag buntag na lang," he told reporters in an interview in Bankerohan.

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The proposed ordinance prohibits the use of "component or sound system, motorcycle stereo, videoke machines, and karaoke machines from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m." but exemptions apply on special occasions.

The mayor said he has already issued an executive order, directing the same provision with the proposed ordinance.

The EO, however, is not yet out.

READ: Videoke, ‘sounds’ ban in Davao City eyed

"They're making it official. It would include private places (including residential)," he said.

Duterte said the ban on videokes should start as early as 9 p.m., since others are already sleeping at that time.

The proposed ordinance also bans bora-bora or modified mufflers, amplified car stereo with loud and annoying sound within residential areas.

Duterte said even without an ordinance, the public must be reminded that the use of these accessories is already a violation.

"Noise pollution na eh," he said.

Duterte said he wants the City Council to investigate and discuss the proposed ordinance thoroughly by conducting committee hearings.

The proposed ordinance states that “the use of sound-producing equipment during special occasions shall be from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. or as may be determined by the mayor.”

It also said that it should also ask for the consent of the barangay council and the neighbors to the use of the sound equipment if the celebration of special occasions will be celebrated on a day other than the actual day of celebration.

Other prohibited acts under the proposed ordinance are: setting up videoke bars, karaoke bars within residential areas; using and operating welding machines, repair shops operating within residential areas before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m.; proceeding with the work or construction of any building, infrastructure, improvement, or structure within all residential areas unless consented to by surrounding residents; and using bora-bora or modified mufflers, amplified car stereo with loud and annoying sound within residential areas.

The proposed penalties are: P200 for the first offense, P1,500 for the second offense, and P2,000, closure of establishment, and imprisonment of 30 days for third and subsequent offenses.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 31, 2014.

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