A bill is in the works
Are you one of those people who is annoyed as hell when the neighbors belt out some videoke hits with rather unappealing voices? There’s a little good news for that.
The House of Representatives, in fact, is working on a bill prohibiting videoke sessions beyond 10PM. Or specifically, “the use of sing-along and other sound amplifying equipment”.
Called House Bill 1035, also known as “An Act Prohibiting the use of Videoke/Karaoke systems and Other Sound Amplifying Equipment that Cause Unnecessary Disturbance to the Public within the Residential Areas, and Providing Penalties Therefor” (yes, the title is THAT long), aims to reduce disturbance by having a 50-feet distance of operating sound amplifying equipment-which include radios, CD players, television sets, amplified musical instruments, and loudspeakers. In addition, the proposed bill imposes an 8PM to 10PM timeframe for operating such equipment.
Those who violate the ordinance would face either a Php 1,000 fine or up to six months of imprisonment.
While the bill is being discussed in Congress, additional provisions are being suggested, which includes designation of videoke-approved areas and sound-proofing requirements. We are hoping that Congress makes this bill a reality soon enough.
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