Inclusion of visually impaired musicians to Sunday busking sought

BAGUIO CITY – Visually impaired individuals who are musically gifted should also be included in the city’s busking activity, according to the city council.

In a resolution passed on March 22, the city legislators called on the City Planning and Development Office and the Tourism and Special Events Division under the City Administrator’s Office to expand the participants of the city-initiated busking activity along Session Road to also include visually impaired musicians.

Councilor Isabelo Cosalan Jr., main author of the resolution, said the inclusion of blind musicians to the said activity would be a big help to them considering that the venues where they usually perform are currently closed due to imposed restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There are many visually impaired persons who are musically gifted and who may also use their musical talents as means to earn a living for themselves and their families,” Cosalan said.

The city government pursued the closure of both lanes of Session Road on March 14 and 21 for the Sunday Market Showcase and other tourism and economic activities. The special event may possibly continue due to the positive response of the public.

The busking activity has been added as one of the attractions in the special Sunday event allowing musicians to perform with designated areas and times slots along Session Road. -Jordan G. Habbiling