/ 16 October 2020

SAN JUAN City Mayor Francis Zamora signed a new ordinance banning videoke and karaoke sessions in the city so that students will have a more conducive learning environment during distance learning or online classes.

Under City Ordinance No. 78, the use of videoke and karaoke systems and other amplified audio/video devices, engaging in noisy activities, and playing loud music in jeepneys and private vehicles are banned from Mondays to Saturdays or when online classes are in session. Residents are only allowed to use these gadgets from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays to Saturdays; and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“Our students are already having a hard time adjusting to their online classes. Noise from loud music during these times will only make it more difficult for them,” Zamora explained.

“We hope the ban on videoke and karaoke sessions will help in making their distance learning experience easier,” he added.

Zamora urged his constituents to cooperate and to help students in whatever way they can.

Violators of the ordinance will be slapped with a P3,000 fine for the first offense. A P5,000 fine will be imposed for the second or subsequent offenses or imprisonment of not more than three months or both at the discretion of the court.