Ordinance no. 05-14 entitled, “An Ordinance Prohibiting Motorists to Use Any Material that Conceals Identity in Public Places within the City of Tagbilaran”, is finally approved on its third and final reading after passing the careful scrutiny of the 12Th Sangguniang Panlungsod.
The ordinance sponsored by Hon.Jerry Pabe was subjected to several amendments for fear that it may be ultra vires with the existing Helmet Law or Republic Act No. 10054 “Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009.” The ordinance is in response to the alarmed Boholano community regarding the rise of shooting incidents involving riding in tandem wearing either bonnets, cloth around their face or full-face helmets concealing the identities of the riders which makes criminal investigations difficult.
One of the highlights in the ordinance is Section 3. Prohibited Acts which provides,
“SECTION 3. – PROHIBITED ACTS. No motorist shall use any material that covers the face or in any way conceals intentionally his/her identity within the City of Tagbilaran, such as but not limited to the following:
(a) wearing bonnet that covers the face;
(b) wearing the hood of a garment that covers a considerable portion of an individual’s face;
(c) wearing of full face helmets or helmets with tinted visors that conceals the identity of a motorist;
(d) wearing of cloth or any other material around the face or wrapping the entire head with a cloth.”
The City shall conduct massive information, education and communication campaigns using quad media (print, radio, television and internet) upon approval of this Ordinance for the information and guidance of the Tagbilaranons.
The lead agencies for the effective implementation of this ordinance shall be the City Traffic Management Office (CTMO) and the City PNP and they shall maintain a database for reference and monitoring purposes. Both implementing agencies are authorized to flag down any violators of this ordinance and shall require the violators to present the proper identification.