Educate kids, not regulate spray paint

EDUCATE the public, especially the youth, instead of regulating the sale of aerosol spray paint in Cebu City.

This is the response of some members of the opposition to Mayor Tomas Osmeña’s pronouncement that he will ask Councilor Dave Tumulak to draft a legislation requiring consumers to secure a special permit from the City Office on Substance Abuse Prevention before buying aerosol spray paint.

Earlier, the mayor said this promotes gang activity among minors.

Tumulak, deputy mayor for police matters, said he will also add the sale of sealants and other volatile substances to the products that will be regulated in a proposed ordinance he will be filing before the City Council.

But Barug Team Rama Councilors Joel Garganera and Pastor Alcover Jr. are not in favor of the proposed measure.

For Garganera, the better solution would be the proposed ordinance on vandalism he filed before the council last month, since it imposes imprisonment even to first time offenders. The draft legislation is still subject for public hearing.

“Aside from that, why don’t we promote graffiti street art? Perhaps these kids involved are victims of domestic violence and bullying, and vandalism has become their outlets. Why don’t we encourage them to indulge in art instead,” he said.

Alcover, on the other hand, said banning the sale of aerosol spray paint may be detrimental to the city’s economy.

He lamented that regulating the sale of the device is not the solution to the reported proliferation of gang activity in the city.

“Gather these unknown people and talk to them, or strengthen the presence of law enforcers, mobilize the barangay tanods and educate the youth. Education is the bottom line here,” Alcover said. (RTF)
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