Ordinance banning bikini open shows proposed

THE Iloilo City Council is proposing an ordinance banning the bikini open and other indecent shows and activities in the city and providing penalties thereof, said Councilor Liecel Zulueta-Salazar.

Introducing the proposal on Tuesday's regular session, Salazar said the City Council deemed it proper to undergo second and final reading in next week’s session for all city councilors to be present.

She said Iloilo City, as a highly urbanized area, is a melting pot of different kinds of people, and the purpose of her proposed ordinance is to set moral standards to promote quality of life and protect the women from abuse, harassment, and exploitation.

She said the proposal is in consonance with Executive Order 29, Series of 2014, issued by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog. It is also in line with the provisions of Republic Act 9262, otherwise known as the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act of 2014, she added.

Zulueta-Salazar said that Section 9 of the Gender and Development Code identified indecent shows as nude and other provocative shows, public or private, which exhibit women and children as sex objects.

As such, it is a violation of human rights to influence or force men, women and children to dance naked in public or private places for commercial or entertainment purposes. Persons or agencies engaging in such shows, public or private, shall be penalized in accordance with law, she said.

Section 10 of the Gender and Development Code states that exposure of the woman’s body in any beauty contest that tends to humiliate and abuse women’s bodies shall be considered as a form of violence against women.

With the proposed ordinance, Zulueta-Salazar said the City shall create a body to regulate and monitor beauty contests and similar activities. Exemptions are allowed when the city or barangay conduct its festivals and special celebrations like the Dinagyang and Paraw Regatta festivals and other school related activities provided the organizer secures a special permit from the city mayor.

Any person found guilty of violating the ordinance will be penalized with a fine of P5,000 and one year imprisonment upon the discretion of the court, the proposal stated.

Any establishment found guilty shall be penalized with P5,000 and revocation of business permit to operate. In case the offender is a corporation, partnership, association or similar entity, the President or Manager shall be held liable for the offense, it added.

Zulueta-Salazar, in her proposal, also said the city mayor, through the Task Force on Moral and Values Formation, is mandated to enforce the implementation of the measure.


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