Councilors act on ‘wet, wild’ parties

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

BACOLOD City Councilor Caesar Distrito is pushing for the regulation of “wet and wild” parties in the city after an online petition was put up to protest such activities.

He said he will submit today to the City Council a proposed ordinance that will regulate the holding of these events.

Distrito said they do not want to prohibit these activities, only regulate them.

Party goers
BACOLOD. Party goers dance under a water cannon during the Summer Splash event at the SM City Bacolod grounds last month. (Photo from SKT Digital Facebook Account)


Rose Llac, who posted the petition at last June 10, said it is gaining support from the online community.

As of Monday night, it has 896 signatories, and they hope to hit their target of 5,000 signatures, Llac added.

Several “wet and wild” parties have been held in Bacolod and Negros Occidental in the past weeks, including the “Wild Water Weekend: Summer Pool Experience” held at the Hi Residences clubhouse last June 7; Summer Smash held in the vacant lot of the SM City Bacolod last May 24; and Lakabash: Wet N’ Wild held at Lakawon Resort in Cadiz City last May 24 and 25.

Two more parties are reportedly scheduled in Bacolod in the coming weekends.

Distrito, who also signed the online petition, said the proposed ordinance provides that minors should not be allowed to join such parties and that the security and safety component should also be considered.

He cited an incident in Iloilo City were two partygoers were electrocuted during a “wet and wild” party.

The councilor added that they are also proposing the strict implementation of “no smoking” policy since there are reports of proliferation of illegal drugs and marijuana during these parties.

There should also be an imposition of right amusement taxes, Distrito said.

In his official Facebook account, Distrito said: "Together with Councilor Em Legaspi-Ang and my other fellow councilors, we are now drafting the proposed ordinance regulating ‘wet and wild’ parties being held in public places or places open to the public.”

Online petitioner supporter Albert Orcajada said: “These parties do not bring any significant importance in the lives of the teenagers nowadays. What this teaches them is perversion and excessive use of their freedom. We need to have activities for our young people that would make them responsible because the kids on the pictures above do not seem to understand this word.”

Links to the photos of Summer Smash held at SM City Bacolod were also posted in the page of the online petition.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 17, 2014.

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