MAYOR Edgardo Labella has approved the recommendation of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) to implement a daytime videoke ban to protect students in online and modular distance learning sessions from distractions.
Labella is set to issue an executive order that will set the guidelines for the ban, which will start at 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.
The CCPO recommended the ban to the mayor after Police Director General Camilo Cascolan ordered all units to implement the ordinances that ban loud music and sound systems in public as the Department of Education has started its distance learning since Monday, Oct. 5., 2020.
Cebu City has one—Ordinance 309, which amended the anti-noise pollution regulation, or Ordinance 1940. It states that it is “unlawful for any person to willfully cause loud and disturbing noise through, among other means, the uncontrolled operation of video karaoke sound systems and other similar sound-producing devices between the hours of 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. of the following day.”
The CCPO will implement the videoke ban after the issuance of Labella’s executive order.
Col. Josefino Ligan, CCPO director, has ordered his subordinates to patrol inner parts of Cebu City barangays to monitor and reprimand persons who uses videoke at daytime.
Parents can report their neighbors who will violate the ban through these CCPO numbers: 4652556 and 09182682846.
The police officers will respond right away if they receive complaints, Ligan said.
Ligan urged Cebuanos to support the students who are trying to learn amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, which forced the DepEd to ditch learning in a classroom setting for the school year 2020-2021. (PAC / KAL, AYB / MMC)