MANILA, Philippines (October 8, 2020) — Use of karaoke and videoke machines as well as other sound-producing devices disturbing the community has been banned in the nation’s capital from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm from Monday to Saturday, Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso announced on Thursday.

The Mayor said he passed the ordinance upon receiving multiple complaints from parents of students whose online classes were “disturbed by neighbors using karaoke machines” since the school year opened on Monday, October 5.

The ordinance was signed together with City Council Majority Floor Leader Joel Chua and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan.

Under Ordinance No. 8688, Domagoso said the use of karaoke and videoke machines as well as sound-producing devices which tend to disturb the community are prohibited from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Saturday.

Face-to-face classes in both public and private schools in the entire country were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting the Philippine education department to shift to a “blended distance learning” mode.

First-time offenders will be penalized with a P1,000 fine, while second-time offenders will be fined P2,000. Violators committing the act for the third and succeeding offenses will be fined P3,000.

“All barangay officials and police officers are hereby tasked to implement this ordinance. This ordinance shall take effect immediately upon its approval,” the ordinance read. —JNL