Zambo police find problems enforcing no-smoking edict PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 June 2015 08:22

By VIC LARATO

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro has suggested certain amendments in City Ordinance 413, otherwise known as the anti-smoking edict, as he admitted that the police are having problems imposing penalty on violators, especially those coming from remote or island barangays.

In his weekly accomplishment report during Monday’s press briefing in City Hall, Supt. Casimiro said he had requested Councilor Myra Paz Valderrosa Abubakar, principal author of City Ordinance 413, to revise certain provisions of the anti-smoking statute.

Problem with the existing edict, Casimiro explained, arises when a man from an island barangay for instance caught smoking in non-smoking area downtown, the police will have problems or difficulty in bringing him (the violator) to his barangay where he is supposed to render community service in case he cannot pay the citation ticket for P100 as penalty.

“Because, under the present ordinance, a violator who cannot pay the P100 fine for the first offense is required to render community service in his/her own barangay,´the city police director said.

Supt. Casimiro likewise proposed smoking and selling of cigarettes should also be banned in promenade areas, public plazas, parks and gardens where children frequently frolic with their parents and families.

According to him, the existing ordinance, now on its first year of implementation, is silent on this aspect. “If the intention of the ordinance is to protect the children from (secondhand) smoke, we might as well ban smoking and selling of cigarettes in parks and gardens,’ he said.

Nevertheless, Casimiro said the police are continuously implementing Ordinance 413, particularly the ban on cigarette vending within 100 meters away from school campuses.

He reported that 87 violators have so been apprehended since January, most of them paid the P100 fine while others had rendered community services. — Vic Larato