Police nab 12 violators of smoking ordinance PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 July 2014 11:42

Police have intensified the campaign against violators of the city’s new ordinance against smoking in certain places.

Men of the Central Police Station held 11 violators on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A police report identified the violators as Angelo Ogahayon Hernando, 37, Rodrigo Peneda Lumontad, 60, Rudy Canicon, Albenzal Akain, Peter Paul Alvarez, Michael Berioso, Gilberto Miguel,  Robert Perez of Sinunuc and Marlon Aliñabon Macatangay, 35, Edwin Mangubat y Salac, 53, married, of Talon-Talon, Efren Molina y Colegado, 34, married, of Sinunuc and Elmer Dulaca y Dela Cruz, 27, single, Sta. Catalina, while Dulaca was held at Mercado St.

Police said that five of the violators were tricycle drivers spotted by policemen smoking while driving along city’s streets.

On the other hand, three of the violators were passengers smoking aboard tricycles.

Some were caught smoking RT Lim Boelevard. Mangubat was caught along Tomas ClaudioSt.

The five violators paid P500 each as penalty for their first offense while the three rendered community services within the perimeter of the city police office.

Police have advised the public to be aware of the smoking ordinance to avoid inconvenience.

City Ordinance 413 or otherwise known as the anti-smoking ordinance prohibits smoking in centers of youth activity such as play schools, preparatory schools, elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities, youth hostels and recreational facilities for persons under 18 years of age; elevators and stairwells; fire hazard locations such as gas stations and storage areas for flammable liquids, gas, explosives or combustible materials; within the buildings and premises of public and private hospitals, medical, dental and optical clinics, health centers, nursing homes, dispensaries and laboratories; public conveyance and public facilities including airport and ship terminals, train and bus stations, restaurants and conference halls except for separate smoking areas and food preparation areas.

For smokers, the penalties are P500 or one day community service for first offense; P1, 000 or two days community service for second offense; P2, 000 or three days community service for third offense and P5, 000 without prejudice to the filing of any criminal case or at the discretion of the Court for fourth and subsequent offense. The establishment that allows smokers to freely smoke in “no smoking” areas and found violating the provisions of the ordinance, will be fined P1,000 for first offense; P2,000 for second offense; P3,000 for third offense and P5,000 for fourth offense and revocation or cancellation of the business permit.  – Dan Toribio Jr. with from  Cris E. Pantaleon, WMSU Masscomm Journalism