Bawal magmura: Anti-profanity ordinance passed in Baguio

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 07 2018 10:39 AM

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Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan said Wednesday local officials passed an ordinance banning profane language in all schools, computer shops and business establishments frequented by children.

Teachers and school guidance counselors are required under the ordinance to tell off students caught cursing and summon their parents, Domogan told DZMM.

A student risks expulsion in case of repeated violations, he said.

"Nakikita natin na parang normal na iyung magmura, magsalita ng malalaswa... Parte iyan na sana iyung ating mga anak, hindi ma-develop na normal ang magganoon," said Mayor Mauricio Domogan.

(We've noticed that swearing and using lewd language seem to have become normal. That ordinance is part of our effort to prevent children from developing this habit.)

Asked what would happen to tourists caught swearing, Domogan said: "Sabihan mo lang iyung tao na hindi naman ganoon, mayroon kaming ordinansa dito na anti-profanity."

(Tell the person to stop and that we have an ordinance against profanity.)

Public spaces occupied by children are also required to display signage saying that cursing is not allowed.

Baguio is home to some 300,000 people, of which 65.5 percent is below 30 years old, according to local government data in 2010.

Famed for its cool weather, the city welcomed some 930,000 tourists in 2014, based on tourism department data.

-- DZMM, 7 November 2018