By Joseph Almer Pedrajas
Residents of Valenzuela City who complain about their neighbors singing videoke at night can now report to the city’s newly launched 24-hour hotline.
Valenzuela City’s Task Force Disiplina launched on Monday the Disiplina Hotline 352-8000 where residents can report violations of the city’s five ordinances, including a ban on all-night videoke singing.
The hotline will also accept reports about illegal parking, littering, illegal gambling, and stray animals.
Over 300 volunteers from different barangays who are tasked to verify the complaints are authorized to issue ordinance violation receipts.
Michael Reyes, assistant action officer of Task Force Disiplina, said that they already received 98 confirmed complaints, mostly about videoke sessions, illegal parking, and stray animals, since the hotline was launched.
He added that most of the complainants were from the city’s biggest villages, Gen T. de Leon and Marulas.
Reyes said that they would soon open the hotline to other complaints, not just those related to the five city ordinances.
Since 2016, the city government has been prohibiting loud playing of videoke and other similar music devices between 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Violators are given a warning for their first offense while they are fined P1,000 for the second.
On the other hand, commercial establishments are allowed to operate videoke machines until 2 a.m. They will be fined P3,000 if they violate the ordinance.