LAW EACH WEEK
Popular Pokemon needs regulation
by Atty. Karissa Tolentino

In response to the series of troubles related to “Pokemon Go,” lawmakers, including yours truly, are now considering setting regulations for Pokémon Go players.

During the regular session of the Sangguniang Panglungsod of Dumaguete City held on August 17, 2016, my proposed resolution regarding Pokémon Go was unanimously approved. The said resolution is quoted hereunder.

“A RESOLUTION CAUTIONING MOTORIST NOT TO PLAY POKEMON GO AND SIMILAR GAMES WHILE OPERATING ANY VEHICLE AND FOR PEDESTRIANS NOT TO PLAY POKEMON GO AND SIMILAR GAMES WHILE CROSSING STREETS OR WALKING ALONG SIDEWALKS

Whereas, Pokemon Go is a free-to-play, location based, reality mobile game which requires the player to roam around the streets to search and get “Pokemons”, or pocket monsters in real world areas.In the game, players use a mobile device’s GPS capability to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on the screen as if they were in the same real-world location as the player.

Whereas, Pokemon Go uses GPS for its augmented reality, or AR, where various nearby landmarks are checkpoints called Pokéstops and Pokégyms;

Whereas, Pokemon Go is now in the Philippines since August 6, 2016 and has drawn a large number of enthusiasts;

Whereas, Pokemon Go’s users in Dumaguete City are even meeting up in certain areas for large-scale Pokemon catching sprees;

Whereas, users are sometimes finding Pokémon in unexpected and uncomfortable locations. Users have had encounters with these virtual creatures in hospitals, while driving, in the bathroom and at funeral homes;

Whereas, Pokemon Go has raised safety concerns among players it has been reported that multiple people suffered minor injuries from falling while playing the game due to being distracted. Reports from other Countries include accidents due to inattentive driving, Trespassing, and being targeted by criminals due to being unaware of one’s surroundings;

WHEREFORE, be it resolve as it is hereby resolved, to urge motorist not to play Pokemon Go while driving or operating any vehicle and to remind pedestrians and public in general not to play the game while walking on the sidewalk, or crossing streets or any public areas that will likely to an accidents or mishap due to being distracted by the game.

RESOLVED further, while enthusiasts should be allowed to enjoy the game, they should put their safety first as well as the safety of the people around them. They should value their life and the life of others.

RESOLVED finally, to furnish copies of the resolution to the office of the City Mayor, PIO, all media institutions, and educational institutions to help inform the public on the danger posed by Pokemon Go and similar games.”

Unlike a law or an ordinance, a resolution is merely a declaration of the sentiment or opinion of a lawmaking body on a specific matter. One may say that this approved resolution is just a “small” solution, however great things almost always start small. This may serve as basis for a law in the future. (To be continued)


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