Antique LGUs to review local legislation covering billboards
by PS Mabaquiao
San Jose, Antique (6 October) -- In response to the order of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ro dismantle hazardous billboards, the Provincial Government of Antique is planning to review relevant local legislation/executive orders, according to OIC Governor Atty. Eduardo Fortaleza.
"Our skyline is not yet occupied with billboards however, we need to study the matter to ensure public safety since Antique's economy is growing and business establishments go with it", Fortaleza said.
It can be noted that a number of big billboards owned by big companies/department stores are prominently erected in portions of nautical highway from Pandan, Antique as entry point from Aklan to Hamtic as exit point to Iloilo province.
On the otherhand, Eliseo Canalin, Executive Assistant of the town of San Jose, Antique's capital and business district said, guidelines for establishment of billboards is incorporated in the National Building Code. He also cited that local regulations on billboards were more on revenue collection. "The recent incident brought about by typhoon Milenyo that hit giant billboards in Manila is an eye opener for Sangguniang Bayan to study the matter", he said.
In a statement, Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said billboard owners and advertisers should have a sense of responsibility and ensure the structure are safe, to protect the public, and the government will ensure these will be complied with. (PIA) [top]