In what is perceived to be a snub to 2nd District Cong. Manuel Sagarbarria, the City Council of Dumaguete passed a resolution appealing to his counterpart in the 3rd District to take the lead in repealing Republic Act 10054 (RA 10054), known as the Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009.
Councilors Alan Gel Cordova and Joe Kenneth Arbas pointed out that the prevailing sentiment of the people to oppose the mandatory use of helmets inside the city has been very evident since the time that Sagarbarria was Mayor from 2010-2016.
Therefore, upon his assumption as Congressman in 2016, he could have taken the lead, as a lawmaker, to amend or repeal the law in accordance to the desire of his constituents.
Hence, since his counterpart in the 3rd District, Cong. Arnie Teves has indicated his position to support the repealing the law, then the city council resolution should be addressed to third district solon.
Introduced by Councilor Michael Bandal, the resolution will ask Cong. Teves to lead in the abrogation of the national helmet law and to instead empower the local government units to adopt its own ordinances that will regulate the use of helmets that will reflect and responsive to the local situations and needs.
Councilor Estanislao Alviola said that he supports asking Cong Teves for his intercession especially because the solon has manifested his keen interest to abrogate the unpopular law.
Arbas lauded Teves for volunteering to help in repealing the national helmet law even as he deplores Sagarbarria’s inaction despite widespread opposition of the people to the law considered as unnecessary and impractical.
A second resolution, containing basically the same sense of the City Council was addressed to both Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Senate President Tito Sotto. The national helmet law needs to be repealed as the only means to neutralize hundreds of apprehensions being made by the Land Transportation Office and Provincial Highway Patrol Group.