Limit children joining parades, dad asks

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Friday, January 24, 2014

THE Baguio City Council's committee on social services, women and the urban poor recently proposed an ordinance prohibiting participation of children below seven years old in parades conducted in the city.

Committee chair councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda observed little children who walk the long stretch during a parade are exposed to the elements which endanger their health and well-being.

The councilor's ordinance seeks to regulate the participation of children aged seven years old and below in parades such as the Panagbenga Festival, Boy and Girl Scout parades among other activities attended by small children.


Guidelines set by the ordinance state children could only participate in parades when their attendance is necessary and must always be accompanied by adults, from assembly time up to the finish.

Assembly time for children must not be earlier than 6:30 a.m. and children must not be allowed to participate in a parade extending beyond 6:30 p.m.

The proposed ordinance which is up for third reading and approval by the City Council after the public hearing Thursday also requires organizers of the parade to have proper security and medical personnel stationed to respond to emergency calls.

The ordinance also proposes children must be positioned in front of the parade with the distance to be covered by children shorter than the rest of the participants.

Tabanda stressed the ordinance is not limited to the forthcoming flower festival as it also covers other events such as Boy and Girl Scouts parades and other school activities involving parades.

The ordinance states the city government will ensure appropriate devices are installed including markers, barriers, cordons and adequate security requirements to be coordinated by the organizer with the Baguio City Police Office Traffic Management Branch.

Organizer or sponsor of the parade violating the ordinance will be penalized P1,500 for the first offense, P3,000 for the second offense, and P5,000 and perpetual disqualification to organize or sponsor any event in the city for the third and succeeding offenses.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 25, 2014.

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