By Marjorie Gorospe
MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA– The Makati City Council has passed an ordinance regulating the use of videoke, karaoke and similar audio devices within residential areas and public streets to avoid discomforts and health hazards among constituents.
According to the recently passed City Ordinance No. 2011-019, one who desires to use such devices should have a permit issued by a barangay captain or an authorized representative to regulate its use in public streets or roadsides.
An applicant must fill out a form five days prior to the date of the function or intended activity and specify which device will be used including the period of time.
If approved, a resident would be allowed to operate videoke or karaoke systems with amplifiers on the street provided that it is within the ‘acceptable’ volume limits and only until 12 midnight.
According to the ordinance, permits will not be issued for any location within 200 meters of a school, place of worship or any hospital.
Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay said the ordinance was passed primarily to protect the residents from discomfort and disturbances posed by the unregulated use of videoke and amplified sounds in the residential spots, especially during the wee hours of the morning.
He noted that unreasonable and excessive loudness has become common in most barangays.
“If we are to maintain peace and order in our communities, we have to seriously implement this ordinance, and we are counting on our barangay chiefs for its effective enforcement throughout Makati,” he said in a statement.
First offenders will receive a verbal order from barangay authorities to stop or tone down the sounds within the tolerable level and until reasonable time, but if the violation is deemed excessive, the person may already be charged with violation of the ordinance.
Violators will be penalized with a fine of P1,000 or an imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.
loQal.ph (http://loqal.ph/) is a website owned and operated by Filquest Media Concepts, Inc. It works under the principle of giving voice to the voiceless, empowering Filipinos and uplifting the image of the Philippines by highlighting its unique culture. To do this, the loQal.ph team produces stories, video, photos and other multimedia content types to inspire and celebrate Filipino achievements, ideas, products and places.