THE town council of Apalit passed an ordinance prohibiting excessive and unnecessary noises to provide relief to students and employees working from home.
The municipality passed Ordinance 15 S. 2020, which bans the use of high-sounding and audio-amplified devices from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Saturday.
This includes use of karaoke and videoke machines, radio, CD players, television sets, and amplified musical instruments such as drums and guitars.
Vice Mayor Peter Nucom said several complaints have reached the local government about loud noises made during class and office hours. This led Councilor Jed Dalusung to propose the anti-noise ordinance.
"All of the students are now under distance learning and any form of loud noises can disturb their learning. It is the same for employees who are working from home," Nucom said.
Under the ordinance, violators will be facing P1,000 fine for the first offense, P2,000 for second offense, and P2,500 for individuals or cancellation of Mayor's Permit for business establishments.
"We are now in an extraordinary time so we ask everybody to be as considerate as possible in the situation of others," Nucom added.