Coun­cil to hold Busk­ing Or­di­nance hear­ing

Sun.Star Baguio - - Topstories - Maria Elena Cata­jan Sun*Star Re­porter

REG­U­LA­TIONS for street per­for­mances will be set.

In an ef­fort to bal­ance artis­tic free­dom as well as city laws, a hear­ing for buskers will be sched­uled by the city coun­cil invit­ing stake­hold­ers to par­tic­i­pate.

The city coun­cil de­bated on the mer­its and pro­ce­dure of buskers in the city point­ing to groups which con­duct the ac­tiv­ity to dis­play tal­ent and those who make a liv­ing out of it.

Af­ter pass­ing on first read­ing, Baguio City Coun­cilor Le­an­dro Yan­got’s Busk­ing Or­di­nance drew mixed re­ac­tions from the com­mu­nity with some wel

com­ing the gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tion and with some, nix­ing the law al­to­gether.

Yan­got’s pro­posed law aims to reg­u­late busk­ing or the act of per­form­ing in pub­lic places for gra­tu­ities.

If it passed, artists are re­quired to se­cure a per­mit with a cor­re­spond­ing fee of P350 a year.

Al­der­men also pointed to the fee as to be anti-poor and de­lib­er­ated in scrap­ping it, to give way to artists to freely share tal­ent on the streets but faced the dilemma of hav­ing sec­tors abuse the free­dom.

Dur­ing the coun­cil meet­ing, in­vited to rep­re­sent the busk­ing com­mu­nity is Maricar Do­cyo­gen of Book­ends who at­tested to be an or­ga­nizer for buskers in the city.

Do­cyo­gen said buskers do not ask for fees to be given to them but wel­come to­kens of grat­i­tude in the form of gifts and money while per­form­ing.

She added an area for busk­ing will also be ideal in the Cen­tral Busi­ness District for max­i­mum ex­po­sure for the per­form­ing artists.

Do­cyo­gen said buskers are will­ing to sub­mit to guide­lines the city coun­cil will set as long as di­a­log will be achieved with the artists.

The Yan­got or­di­nance also sug­gests, a street per­for­mance com­mit­tee will be cre­ated to over­see buskers. Once the per­mit is given, the per­former will have to clearly dis­play his per­mit while per­form­ing, to avoid be­ing stopped by au­thor­i­ties.

The com­mit­tee will also re­view per­for­mances for ap­pro­pri­ate con­tent be­fore is­suance of per­mits.

Per­former will be banned to set up at road­ways, side­walks, cross­walks, drive­ways, stair­ways, curb cuts, hand­i­capped ac­cess ramps nor block ac­cess to build­ings, parks, pub­lic con­veyances, busi­nesses, cross­walks, traf­fic con­trol poles con­tain­ing pedes­trian cross­walks.

Pro­vi­sions on sound level, dis­tance from other per­form­ers will also be set so as not to dis­turb, ob­struct or over­power other per­form­ers in the des­ig­nated area.

The date for hear­ings will be set by the coun­cil with in­vi­ta­tions sent to groups to at­tend.

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BUSKER. Blind per­form­ers seek alms as a means of liveli­hood in the city. The pro­posed mea­sure which seeks to reg­u­late busk­ing in the city has drawn mixed re­ac­tions with the coun­cil invit­ing stake­hold­ers in a pub­lic hear­ing.

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