Iloilo City Council passes ordinance regulating amusement rides

Councilor Plaridel Nava has filed an ordinance that seeks to regulate amusement rides in Iloilo City.

The proposed measure was crafted to prevent another similar incident that happened in Mandurriao district last Saturday, Jan. 26, wherein a woman and her two minor children accidentally fell from a ferris wheel.

Nava, in his privilege speech yesterday, said: “It is about time to regulate these amusement rides.”

He noted that the city has no regulation ordinance that ensures the safety of the riders.

Amo na kon ngaa ang mga operators sang feria daw wala man bungog nila ang safety net,” Nava said.

The councilor said all amusement rides should be equipped with seat belts and other safety features to protect the riders.

Nava also wanted to impose age limit. “Children two years old and below should be prohibited.”

The Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO), under the proposed ordinance, is designated as the lead office in implementing rules and regulations.

Sa subong, we cannot demand the PSTMO to ensure that proper safety measures are being observed because wala sila guidelines, not even an executive order from the mayor who grants permit to these operations,” the councilor said.

Nava’s proposed ordinance was approved by the City Council on first reading.

He also filed a resolution calling for a legislative investigation, in aid of legislation, into the Jan. 26 incident.

The City Council referred the  two proposed measures to the committee on public safety chaired by Councilor Joshua Alim.

The woman and her children suffered minor injuries after falling from the ferris wheel, which lacked seat belts.IMT