Anti-smoking ordinance tackled today in meeting PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 11:17

District 1 Councilor Myra Paz Abubakar, principal author of the ordinance on anti-smoking,  is scheduled to meet today with representatives of agencies to map out plan on how to go about the implementation of the said edict which took effect last June 30, 2013.

Representatives from the City Engineer Office, City Treasurer Office, Licensing Division, City Health Office and other law enforcement agencies have been invited to attend in today’s meeting at the session hall of the City Council.

However, its implementation will be on September 28 this year since the ordinance prescribes a 90-day info-campaign period from the time it took effect last June 30.

The ordinance prohibits residents to smoke in all government offices, enclosed public areas like churches, mosques, hospitals, airport terminal, local wharf, etc. It also prohibits individuals to smoke while in the vicinity of the bus and jeepney  terminals unless a smoking area is provided.

The ordinance which was originally introduced almost a year now but enacted only last June prohibits passengers to smoke aboard public utility vehicles.

Abubakar said that violators will be fined P500 or one day community service for the first offense, P1,000 or two day community service for the second offense and P1,500 or three days community service.

Business establishments like restaurants, malls or department stores and others are mandated to provide smoking area and should owners found violating the law, a corresponding penalty will also be imposed against them, Abubakar said. — Jimmy Villaflores