Plaridel Nava pushes to regulate amusement parks in Iloilo City


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Councilor Plaridel Nava wants amusement parks in Iloilo City regulated.

This, after a woman and her two children fell from a ferris wheel along the Diversion Road in Mandurriao district during the last day of the Dinagyang festival.

“It is about time to regulate these amusement parks,” Nava said in a speech delivered during the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod yesterday.

Panay News reported that Nava filed a proposed ordinance that seeks to regulate the carnival rides.

While the city government has been allowing the operation of amusement parks for a long time, rules should have been put in place to ensure ride safety.

According to the politiko, the lack of a city ordinance covering amusement parks prevents the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) to deal with this kind of incidents appropriately.

“In our city, we cannot demand the PSTMO to ensure that proper safety measures are being observed because they do not have guidelines, not even an executive order from the mayor who grants permits to these operations,” he added.

Nava also said that amusement parks must be inspected regularly.