Public address systems in Baguio proposed

BAGUIO CITY September 12 – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance establishing a paging or public address system along major thoroughfares, overpasses, parks, public buildings and other open places frequented by the public within the city's central business district.

The ordinance authored by Councilor Elaine D. Sembrano stated the measure seeks to facilitate, aid and support programs, projects and activities of the local government , especially on peace and order, traffic, health and sanitation and the swift delivery of information in cases of disasters, calamities and emergencies where the public needs to be promptly informed.

The ordinance added the installation, management and operation of the paging or public address system shall be the responsibility of the city Public Information Office and with respect to the sites where the systems will be installed, the PIO shall coordinate with the City Engineer's Office, the City Building and Architecture Office, the City Environment and Parks Management Office, the City General Services Office and the Baguio City Police Office.

Under the proposed ordinance, the paging or public address system shall be used to remind the public, through regular oral bulletins, on specific concerns such as traffic obstructions and other infractions, littering, vandalism, petty crime prevention, public health concerns, invitations to participate in city-driven community events and other information and that the oral announcements shall be broadcasted through the paging system at least three times a day or as frequently as needed.

Further, oral announcements shall be read out mainly in the generally-used and understood vernacular, Ilocano and alternately in Filipino or English and that there shall be a centralized paging booth preferably near to where the police close-circuit television monitoring is located.

The City PIO shall coordinate with the CBAO for the appropriate design and layout of the paging or public address system infrastructure, including the preparation of the budgetary requirements, for proper consideration.

Section 5, Article 2, of the Constitution provides that the maintenance of peace and order, the protection of life, liberty, and property, and promotion of the general welfare are essential for the enjoyment by all the people of the blessings of democracy.

Moreover, the Local Government Code of 1991 empowers all local government units to implement continuing and effective mechanisms to ensure accountability of local government units to their respective constituents and to continually strengthen and upgrade the quality of local leadership.

To enhance peoples' awareness, the ordinance cited compliance with or participation in certain local government resolutions, ordinances, programs and projects, there is a need to communicate the same through a system easily appreciated by the public and a proactive local government encourages positive attitude from the constituents, thereby, eliciting the public's voluntary and more active observance of city regulations.

By Dexter A. See

 
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