Ban on videoke faces obstacle

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Saturday, July 26, 2014


AFTER it was approved on first reading last January, the proposed ordinance regulating videokes and vehicle sound systems is currently facing a "major obstacle" in the committee hearings.

"There appears to be an unfavorable legal opinion from one department provided to this office that hindered our efforts," said Councilor Karlo Bello.

The said ordinance prohibits the use of "component or sound system, motorcycle stereo, videoke machines, and karaoke machines from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m."

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Exemptions apply on special occasions like "birthday, wedding day, wedding anniversary, 40-day commemoration, death anniversary, barangay fiestas, sitio or purok fiestas, Araw ng Barangay, Kadayawan, Araw ng Dabaw, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, anniversary celebration or commemoration by any civic, or non-government organization, or any special occasion identified by the City Mayor concerned," as stated in the draft.

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.

"We are hoping to overcome that obstacle or come up with ways to make it more acceptable to other departments," said Bello.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 27, 2014.

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