Binalonan mayor bans videoke for students, employees’ sake

THE mayor of Binalonan has banned the use and operation of videoke, karaoke and other sound-producing machines for the entire academic year for distance learning to prevent distraction of students in their online classes and employees working from their homes.

Mayor Ramon Guico Jr. signed on Nov. 3 Executive Order No. 61 “in order to help create a conducive learning environment for students who are studying during the duration of their virtual/online classes, and for employees who are working from their homes”.

Guico cited Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año’s press briefing on Oct. 7 urging local government units to prohibit videoke and other loud, distracting noises during school days when online classes and blended learning are conducted.

“It is imperative to create an environment conducive and optional for the students to learn and accomplish school requirements without the unnecessary distraction and challenges brought by amplified sound systems and noise-producing devices to adjust with alternative learning pedagogy and to allow working residents to focus on their online work under the work-from-home-arrangement,” it added.

Violators will be charged in court for cases not limited to alarm, unjust vexation, violation of Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code (resistance and disobedience to a person in authority or the agents of such person) and any applicable laws and statutes. (PhilStar Wire Service/ECV)

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