BONTOC, Mountain Province, (PIA) – – The use of improvised booby traps as a method of hunting wild animals is now prohibited and outlawed in this capital-town for the safety of the people.
Municipal Ordinance No. 252, Series of 2015 known as the “Anti-Balais Ordinance of 2015” also penalizes the usage and installation of the improvised booby traps.
As defined, the improvised booby trap locally called “Balais,” is a mode of hunting wherein a gun/shotgun or other improvised implements are installed and set to go off when the trigger mechanism is activated.
The aldermen observed that for lack of control by the hunter,”balais” when set hits, wounds or even kills not only the animal sought by the hunter but also person who has the misfortune of venturing in the forest or mountain where the trap is installed.
In their deliberation on the Ordinance, the town officials cited many instances in the past where some people got wounded and in some cases met their instant death, after accidentally passing where the “balais” is installed.
Violators will be penalized with imprisonment for a period of six months and a fine of P2,500.00 aside from other crimes that maybe committed resulting from the actual use of the “balais.”
The ordinance, which was reviewed and approved for implementation by the Sanggunniang Panlalawigan, was lengthily discussed and disseminated during the barangay assemblies.
By: Andrew Doga-ong