Enforcement of anti-noise laws pushed

Published October 8, 2020, 3:57 PM

by Chito Chavez

There’s no need for local government units (LGUS) to pass new ordinances in order for pupils and students to concentrate on their online learning classes.

This was stressed by Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño Thursday, saying there are already existing laws that can be enforced against errant and noisy individuals who might disturb online learners. 

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Diño cited the “civil law of the Philippines of Republic Act 386 Articles 26 and 682” which may be used against stubborn groups defying laws against making disturbing noises.

He noted the playing of videoke machines, rowdy individuals in drinking sessions, unnecessarily blowing of vehicle horns, and noisy pets are among the disturbances that may affect the focus of the students while doing online classes.

Diño in an interview over GMA News stressed the country’s 42,046 barangays should prohibit any form of disturbances that may disrupt online classes since the homes are now the schools with the parents being the teachers. 

He cited the call of DILG Secretary Eduardo Año to enforce uniformed penalties for such violations as very timely as online classes are more taxing compared to the traditional face-to-face learning system.

The DILG official said that noisy fighting cocks and domesticated animals can also be considered as disturbances for students of online classes.

Diño called on the public to report to his office irresponsible pet owners disturbing the peace in their communities even if they are barangay officials.