Kara-NO-ke? DILG urges LGUs to ban karaoke in the Philippines

Remember the good ol’ days when you could just hang out with friends and belt out your feelings in song? Whether it’s in a karaoke room, right outside, or even at home; jam sessions with booze and friends were a great way to unwind.

Sadly, those days are gone – and surprisingly not just because of the pandemic, as you might think.

According to a statement from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), local government units (LGUs) are urged to “enact ordinances prohibiting videoke and other loud, distracting noises during online class schedules as millions of students adjust to the blended learning system as a measure against COVID-19.”

This arose because a lot of us have shifted to a work-from-home setting as a precaution against the pandemic. With a lot of us working and studying at home, students need to be able to concentrate on online classes, schoolwork, and other activities. They should not be distracted by loud sounds during these hours.

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Bilang mga disiplinado at responsableng mga magulang at mamamayan, tulungan natin ang ating mga estudyante na mabigyan ng tahimik at payapa na kapaligiran para sila ay makapag-aral ng mabuti sa kani-kanilang mga tahanan,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said.

(Rough Translation: As disciplined and responsible parents and citizens, let us help our students by giving them silence, as well as peace and quiet so that they can study properly in their respective homes.)

Año also urged vehicle owners to avoid blowing their car horns unnecessarily during school hours, since this can also distract students. In addition to videoke parties and car horns, he encouraged LGUs to ban noisy illegal gambling activities like tupada, bingo, and betting stations. Drinking sprees and other loud noises are included in the list, too. That way, students will not be disturbed while studying, and mass gatherings will be prevented.

“Security, safety, and other measures that the PNP used to implement for the schools should be expanded to include the entire barangay as part of the expanded learning space amid the continued threat of COVID-19,” he added.

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