Iwas aksidente: Iloilo City to regulate amusement rides

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Following an accident involving a ferris wheel earlier this month, the Iloilo City government is seeking to regulate amusement rides.

The Iloilo City Council approved on first reading Tuesday, Jan. 29, an ordinance regulating amusement rides in the city.

In his privilege speech, Councilor Plaridel Nava said the city had allowed peryas and amusement facilities to operate in the city, but there is no regulating ordinance.

He cited the Jan. 26 accident involving a ferris wheel in Mandurriao district where a woman and her two minor children fell off a Ferris wheel.

Investigation showed the ride’s safety lock malfunctioned.

Nava said there must be guidelines prohibiting children, especially two years old and below, from riding Ferris wheels and similar rides.

He added that while the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office should be the regulating body, it cannot enforce any action since there are no guidelines and ordinances.

Nava also passed a resolution calling for an investigation on the recent Ferris wheel accident in Mandurriao.

The matter was referred to the committee on public safety headed by Councilor Joshua Alim.