Loud karaoke use now banned in Makati
(SPOT.ph) In an effort to minimize noise pollution, the Makati City Council has passed Ordinance No. 2011-019, which makes it unlawful for any person to make or cause "excessive, unnecessary, or unusually loud sounds" from audio devices within residential areas and public streets, reports GMA News. Audio devices include karaokes, videokes, amplifiers, and musical instruments, among others.
"If we are to maintain peace and order in our communities, we have to seriously implement this ordinance, and we are counting on our barangay chiefs for its effective enforcement throughout Makati," said Makati Mayor Jun-jun Binay, who noted that most community disputes stem from noisy neighbors who "take for granted the well-being of others and think only of their own enjoyment."
Binay said that using videokes or karaokes, a favorite local pastime, is still allowed until 12 midnight provided that residents secure a permit from the barangay captain five days before use and they keep their volume to "acceptable" levels. However, loud noises will not be tolerated in places within 200 meters of schools, places of worship, and hospitals.
Unreasonably loud noise under the ordinance is defined as "operating, playing or permitting the operation or playing of any radio, CD player, television set, amplified musical instrument, drums, loudspeaker, videoke or karaoke system, or other sound producing device in such manner or with such volume so as to annoy the quiet and comfort of a reasonable person of normal sensitivities in any dwelling or residence; or with louder volume than is necessary for convenient hearing of the persons who are in the place in which such device is operated." A sound would also be considered too loud if it is plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet from its origin.
A verbal order will be given to violators to tone down the noise. However, if the violation is deemed excessive, they may face a fine of P1,000 or imprisonment of up to six months, or both.
GMA News TV reports on the new ordinance