No such thing as ‘no-shoot policy’ in Rizal Park

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 15 2011 06:01 PM | Updated as of Nov 16 2011 07:14 PM

Newly-formed network of photographers, BAWAL MAG-SHOOT DITO-PILIPINAS, hold a photowalk protest in Intramuros, Manila against strict rules on photography in public places. Photo by Rem Zamora for abs-cbnNEWS.com

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Tourism (DOT) made it clear on Tuesday that anyone may take personal or souvenir photos in all public places of the Rizal Park and in Intramuros.

The National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) and the Intramuros Administration (IA), attached agencies of the DOT, released a joint statement following Friday’s protest by photographers against the alleged “no-shoot policy" implemented in the two tourist spots.

“(We) wish to inform the general public on photography rules in both the Rizal Park and Intramuros. There is no such thing as a ‘no-shoot policy,'” NPDC and IA said.

“However, those intending to use both venues for commercial advertisements, video infomercials, events (such as prenuptial shoots) and other similar events are encouraged to secure a permit and coordinate with the respective agencies to facilitate the documentation of activities.

“The Department’s policy is to encourage all visitors to the Rizal Park and Intramuros to take as many photos of themselves, to document their visits, to talk about it, and to share these with families and friends all over the world.”

A newly formed organization called “Bawal Mag-Shoot Dito” trooped to Luneta and Fort Santiago last week to hold a silent protest.

The group is disappointed over policies which they claim prohibit photographers from taking pictures in several historic and public places.

The demonstrators had a brief exchange of heated words with the security personnel of Luneta as they posed in front of the Rizal monument and took pictures.