Use of roads for pa­rades to be reg­u­lated

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THE CITY Coun­cil ap­proved an or­di­nance on first read­ing reg­u­lat­ing the use of roads for pur­poses of pa­rades, mo­tor­cades, fun runs and ral­lies in the city.

Coun­cilor Elaine Sem­brano in her pro­posed mea­sure said the ap­pli­ca­tion for per­mit for the con­duct of pa­rades, mo­tor­cades and other re­lated street ac­tiv­i­ties must be filed 2 weeks or ear­lier be­fore the sched­uled ac­tiv­ity and must con­tain de­tails as to the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants, sketch of the road or street to be used, among other im­por­tant de­tails of the de­sired ac­tiv­ity.

For mo­tor­cades, the or­di­nance stip­u­lated a max­i­mum of 5 4wheeled ve­hi­cle par­tic­i­pants shall

only be al­lowed dur­ing said ac­tiv­i­ties and mo­tor­cy­cles shall not be al­lowed to par­tic­i­pate in mo­tor­cades.

The or­di­nance added no child par­tic­i­pants un­der 7 - years of age will par­tic­i­pate in pa­rades and ral­lies and there will be no more than two hours du­ra­tion of pa­rades will be al­lowed, ex­cept for the ma­jor ac­tiv­i­ties of the city wherein there is sus­pen­sion of classes, and there will be no ve­hi­cles of par­tic­i­pants al­lowed in pa­rades.

Or­ga­niz­ers will be obliged to is­sue a one week prior no­tice to the pub­lic on the de­tails of the sched­ule of their events, roads or streets that will be used, num­ber of par­tic­i­pants to be used, and tem­po­rary sig­nages should be in­stalled in con­spic­u­ous places, be­fore the ap­proaches of the roads to fore­warn mo­torists and the gen­eral pub­lic.

A fine of P1,000 will be im­posed on any per­son vi­o­lat­ing the pro­vi­sions of the mea­sure.

The or­di­nance noted that when mo­tor ve­hi­cles are stalled in the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict due to the clo­sure of roads due to pa­rades, mo­tor­cades and other re­lated street ac­tiv­i­ties, traf­fic flow is greatly af­fected thereby caus­ing in­con­ve­nience to the mo­tor­ing and com­mut­ing pub­lic.

The or­di­nance em­pha­sized pur­suant to the pro­vi­sions of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Code of the Philip­pines, the lo­cal leg­isla­tive body will en­act ap­pro­pri­ate or­di­nances to reg­u­late the use of streets, av­enues, al­leys, side­walks, bridges, parks and other pub­lic places to en­sure pub­lic wel­fare will not be com­pro­mised.

The or­di­nance em­pha­sized the im­po­si­tion of strin­gent reg­u­la­tions by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment on the use of roads and streets for pa­rades, mo­tor­cades, ral­lies and other street re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties is to en­sure the smooth flow of traf­fic and lessen the in­con­ve­nience be­ing en­coun­tered by mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans when they are caught in the con­duct of the said ac­tiv­i­ties be­ing done in the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict area.

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