Mindless karaoke singing banned during class hours

Mindless karaoke singing and other noises that disrupt blended learning hours in communities is now banned. The Philippine National Police (PNP) has urged the public to report noisemakers to ensure that blended learning for students in their homes would not be disrupted.

Taking a cue from the Joint Task Force Covid Shield, PNP chief, Gen. Camilo Cascolan, has ordered Police Station commanders to establish barangay assistance centers to be  be manned by at least two police officers to enforce the ban.

Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, task force commander, said the setting up of assistance desks strengthens the existing policy where police officers are tasked to supervise the implementation of quarantine rules and lead village watchmen in enforcing quarantine protocols.

“We also encourage parents and students themselves to let us know the noisy activities of their neighbors during their study time. We have hotlines and even a Facebook account to receive your complaints. We assure you of immediate action,” said Eleazar.

If possible, he added, complainant could shoot photos or take videos of drinking sessions and use of videoke that disrupt students during their study hours.

Eleazar advised complainants to contact the PNP and the JTF COVID Shield through the following hotlines: PNP Helpline 16677, 0998-849-0013 for Smart users, 0917-538-2495 for Globe users and PNP-Highway Patrol Group Hotline 0926-225-5474, or via  [email protected] and [email protected].

He noted that DepEd’s blended learning methods set in place amidst the Covid-19 threat has practically turned every community into a learning space.

Addressing mindless noisemakers, Eleazar said: “Your right to engage in noisy talks in your neighborhood ends when the right of the students to study in peace and in silence begins. Your right to sing using your videoke also ends when the right of the students not to be distracted to focus on their learning modules begins. We will make sure to go after you.” 

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