CHO: Zambo's anti-smoking ordinance lacks teeth Print
Friday, 28 July 2017 12:08

By RG ANTONET GO

 

City Health Officer Dr Rodel Agbulos has revealed the need to strengthen the Anti-smoking ordinance to discourage violators.

This after Agbulos revealed plans to create a task force in each of the city’s barangays to help in the implementation of local and national laws against smoking.

“Tiene man ordinance el local government, tiene fines and sanctions, bien falta el gente del diaton ordinance.  We have to sit down and amend el ordinance,” said Agbulos.

Agbulos recommends increasing fines and penalties under the ordinance.

Zamboanga city’s Anti-smoking ordinance, authored by Councilor Myra Paz Valderrosa- Abubakar, was implemented last June 2014.

The city ordinance prohibits smoking inside enclosed public places and public utility vehicles.

Persons violating the ordinance face fines from P500 to P2,000.  Establishments will also have to pay fines ranging from P1,000 to P5,000. (RGAAGo)