OLONGAPO CITY – The city government’s rainbow pedestrian lane in front of SM Olongapo Downtown, which was done in support to the LGBTQ+ community, drew mixed reactions from netizens.
The multi-colored pedestrian lanes received its share of criticisms from the online community, with many crying out foul because of violations on the standard rules and regulations on international road signs.
Many netizens and residents of Olongapo considered the move as a form of vandalism which reportedly would endanger pedestrians.
“We can still show respect and support to this group without repainting pedestrian lanes into rainbows. Obey the rules and standards,” one Facebook comment said.
Other public comments mentioned that that the city government should not tamper with the specified standard colors of yellow, white and black.
This followed Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno’s move of painting rainbow the pedestrian at the corner of Arroceros and Natividad streets late in October, which also drew flak from the community.
In Davao City, DPWH-XI spokesperson Dean Ortiz said the repainted pedestrian lane is a violation of the standard rules and regulation of international road signs where crosswalks must be painted white and yellow.
“They should not tamper with what is specified standards, although this can be discussed in a proper venue. Pero kami sa DPWH, we will stick to our standards,” Ortiz said.
Rainbow crosswalks are common across the world in support of the LGBTQ+ that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and “plus,” which represents other sexual identities.
In the country, areas in Quezon City, Cebu City, Manila City, Davao City and San Julian in Eastern Samar feature rainbow-colored pedestrian lanes. And now, Olongapo City.
Photos from Kami ng Batang Gapo Facebook Page and Jul Legaspi