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Ilocos Sur to monitor kite-flying

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In order to prevent sometimes fatal accidents, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan announced that kite flying may be regulated.


The proposed measure, which has passed its third and final reading, regulates the flying of kites near national highways as well as electrical and communication lines. It also bans kite strings made from plastic, nylon or other synthetic material, including “medron”, thread that is coated with glass or other metallic materials.


Kite flyers must get a permit from their respective barangays, while minors are not allowed to engage in the activity without a person of legal age present.


This pastime has caused a number of incidents; in one instance, a motorcycle rider’s throat was cut because of a dangling kite string.


Kites have been caught in power and telecommunication lines, resulting in power interruptions and damaged electrical assets. These sometimes even cause injury and death.

Photo: Daily Tribune


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