RE-ELECTED councilor, Leandro Yangot, is attempting once more to regulate and mandate permits for buskers in the city.
First proposed in 2017, Yangot’s proposal was approved on first reading by the current Baguio City Council. Yangot claims there is a need to regulate the buskers, as they are increasing.
Under the ordinance, registered buskers would be protected from apprehension for mendicancy or panhandling.
It would require buskers, in groups of up to three people, to register with a permit costing P350, subject to change based on review, and valid for up to one year.
It would also establish a Street Performance Committee that would oversee the regulation of buskers in the city, along with establishing set portions of the central business district that would be available for use by buskers.
The proposed ordinance was referred to the Saggunian’s Committee on Tourism, Special Events, Parks, and Playgrounds for review.
The original attempt to regulate busking was made in 2017, but Yangot’s first attempt did not pass or reach third and final reading.