TO GIVE teeth to the decision banning daytime videoke singing as distance learning has started, Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella issued an executive order on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.
Executive Order (EO) No. 100, which immediately took effect on Friday, was issued after the Cebu City Police Office suggested imposing a ban on video karaoke machines during daytime on weekdays.
Labella’s executive order also aims at helping work-from-home employees from getting distracted.
Based on EO No. 100, it is prohibited to operate karaoke machines from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Students have started with their online and modular distance learning sessions at home, while some employees continue to work-from-home,” Labella’s executive order states.
It states: “In consideration to these students and employees, and upon the recommendation of the Cebu City Police Office, the City Government of Cebu finds it necessary to impose a ban on video karaoke machines during daytime on weekdays within the duration of the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).”
The Cebu City Police Office recommended the ban to Labella 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 (DepEd) has started its distance learning for school year 2020-2021 since Monday, Oct. 5., 2020.
The DepEd was forced to abandon learning in a classroom setting because of the coronavirus disease 2019.
Cebu City is under MGCQ until the end of October.
Labella said EO No. 100 is also pursuant to City Ordinance 1940, or the Anti-Noise Ordinance of Cebu City, which was approved in August 2002.
The City Ordinance 1940 was amended through City Ordinance 308 which made it “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.”
Based on the 18-year-old City Ordinance 1940, the violators will face a P5,000 fine or one year imprisonment, or both. (JJL)