Editorial: Videoke and ‘sounds’ ban-A A +A
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
THE news that the ordinance banning videoke and loud stereos in vehicles, among many other sources of noise pollution, has a created a stir among residents all of whom are whining about their neighbor’s videoke habits.
As Sun.Star Davao reported yesterday (January 27, 2014), the Davao City Council will be scheduling the public hearings for the proposed ordinance after it was approved on first reading last week. [READ: Videoke, ‘sounds’ ban in Davao City eyed]
Among others, use of videoke during a birthday celebration or wedding reception on the very day (no belated nor advanced celebrations allowed, it seems), will have to have a permit from the barangay and the consent of the neighbors.
At present, Dabawenyos are already thankful that they can call Central 911 for assistance if a neighbor is playing videoke during their sleeping or studying hours, to hush them up. But an ordinance setting penalties for this unmindful practice is most welcome.
It wouldn’t have been necessary if everyone is mindful of the other people around them. But no, we have reached the level of unmindful existence the moment we clamored for concert-level volume to our microphones and videokes when the same sound could have been contained within one’s house, bothering no one except your housemates.
Indeed, consent of neighbors have been swept aside by many, including those drivers who play their sound systems right out loud at midnight.
It’s difficult to plumb the depths of these people’s minds. Maybe because there is no depth to plumb. How inconsiderate, how selfish, to shout out one’s lungs complete with an amplifier to make sure it reaches the neighbors in the next block, or simply jack up your music volume and bass at max levels enough to wake up a person who has already called it a night inside his or her bedroom.
Having to live with this reality, then yes, the drastic has to be resorted to, ban the act and penalize the violator.
We did it with drinking, smoking, and also with the firecrackers. Many may not have appreciated it, but just imagine how many young adults now have not even made alcohol a major part of their growing up years and are thus not guzzling down these beverages like we did before. How many of the young ones didn’t see smoking as a necessary part of growing up and are now full adults who never smoked a puff and yet never believed they are a wimp? And don’t forget, how many limbs have we saved by simply abiding by the law that others see as already too strict.
Now… because belting out songs is not contained individually in one’s home and has become a nationwide public nuisance, comes this new ban. We cheer.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 29, 2014.