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Videoke Singers Be Warned, a Noise Pollution Crackdown is Brewing

Drop that 'My Way' now.
Sep 15, 2020
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Singing your heart out in a home videoke may be cathartic during the quarantine, but can be disturbing to neighbors who are either working or studying from home, or just trying to sleep after another day indoors, authorities said.

Police can be called in to persuade the videoke partygoers to keep it down and should they refuse, they could face a "disobedience to authority" complaint, according to one warning from Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla.

Remulla set up a "noise pollution" hotline (+63 916 986 0679) ro receive complaints. "Para matigil at mabawasan na ang mga walang kwenta at maiingay na nag-kakantahan lalong-lalo na ang mga lasing at wala sa tono (To stop or lessen useless noise and sing-alongs, especially by the drunk and tone deaf)."

"Sorry po ngunit kahit sabihin ninyo pang kayo ay nasa loob naman ng inyong tahanan, ang ingay na dulot nito ay maituturing na labag na sa tinakdang curfew hours (Sorry, even if you say that you are inside your homes, the noise you create can be considered a violation of curfew hours)," he said.

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The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines expressed a similar concern, according to an ABS-CBN News report.

"Bawas stress din ang matahimik na lugar sa mga manggangawa at mga online students and teachers dahil hirap na nga silang makakuha ng signal," said TUCP spokesman Alan Tanjusay.

(Quiet surroundings help reduce stress of workers and online students and teachers because they find it hard to catch a signal.)

For Remulla, it boils down to respect. "Kung ayaw ninyong matulog ng maaga, pwes magpatulog naman kayo! Matutong rumespeto sa mga kalapitbahay na kailangang gumising ng 4 a.m. (tulad ko) (If you don't want to sleep early, don't disturb others. Learn to respect your neighbors who need to wake up at 4 a.m. like me)."

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