One of the things that irk me are when ordinances made in good faith aren’t enforced. And this is certainly a trying case when it comes to the Anti-Noise Ordinance.
That screenshot is from an article entitled “No one is enforcing the anti-noise law” by Bobit S. Avila.
And from what I’ve read — at 3 frickin’ AM because of loud music from huge speakers posted right outside the gate of our small compound of row houses — Mr. Avila has experienced almost the same thing as me.
It turns out that the Anti-Noise Law in Republic Act. No. 386 has Article 26 that specifically states, “Every person shall respect the dignity, personality, privacy and peace of mind of his neighbors and other persons.” There’s also the law on unjust vexation that states, “The Supreme Court defined unjust vexation as any human conduct which, although not productive of some physical or material harm, would unjustly annoy or irritate an innocent person. The paramount question is whether the offender’s act causes annoyance, irritation, torment, distress or disturbance to the mind of the person to whom it is directed.”
And upon further research, I also found that Cebu City has its own via the article “Enforce Anti-Noise Pollution Measures” by Doris C. Bongcac.
“City Ordinance No. 309, which is an amendment to the city’s anti-noise pollution regulation or Ordinance No. 1940, makes it ‘unlawful for any person to willfully cause loud and disturbing noise through, among other means, the uncontrolled operation of video karaoke sound systems, and other similar sound-producing devices within the City of Cebu, between the hours of 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. of the following day.‘
The volume of these machines or sound systems shouldn’t be more than 40 decibels.”
But as it turns out, these ordinances never seem to be enforced. And with the recent elections, I’m guessing the new barangay captain in Sambag I doesn’t care enough about enforcing this ordinance. Or is even complicit in noise-making.
And this is a video I took at around 2:41AM as proof.
You can’t see much, but that’s because it’s already pretty late and dawn’s about to hit us all soon.
I was startled awake by that very song and considering I’ve been drained from my first full week at internship, I really needed good sleep this weekend. But thanks to these inconsiderate asses living right outside Mya 2 Townhomes, I am now struggling to get back to sleep. Sure, they shut off the music at 3:03 AM, but that’s sleep stolen from me. I consider myself really vexed right now.
I love my sleep and I’m never really out past my bedtime, unless it’s a special occasion (introvert here). I’m a good enough citizen, I hope; hardworking and all. So is there a way to keep these Sambag I noise polluters from doing this again? This has been happening for almost every single day these past two weeks since I’ve arrived from out of town (June 9-24, 2018). If this were a fiesta, which it was at the start since prayers would be held at the chapel nearby in the first few days, this revelry shouldn’t have lasted this long.
I really abhor inconsiderate and selfish jackanapes.
#CebuCity #Cebu #Philippines
P. S. Also, fiestas are overrated. Wasting money for food that’ll bring health issues and getting wasted with this bloody tagay culture (of even more senseless waste that also lead to health issues) are all a contradiction to what fiestas are meant to be about. Dedicated to the patron saint, it’s a celebration of that specific saint. Lechon and all the spending done during fiesta is unnecessary. A simple meal with less cholesterol involved would be better for everyone, plus ACTUAL prayers dedicated to the saint.
Update: Around 8AM, their loud music started yet again.