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Davao City implements new comprehensive anti-smoking ordinance
DAVAO CITY, June 1 (PIA)- The Anti-Smoking Task Force in Davao city yesterday (May 31) launched the amended Anti-Smoking policy or City Ordinance No. 0367-12, Series of 2012, known as The New Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance.
Dr. Domilyn Villareiz, chief of the ASTF said the new anti-smoking policy no longer allows smoking in enclosed public places, including public vehicles and sidewalks where smokers and non-smokers converge.
She said the new law rids of the smoking areas within any establishment.
“The new ordinance underscores the liability of the establishment owners who tolerate smoking within their premises,” Villareiz said.
She said the new ordinance will only allow outdoor designated smoking area which establishment owners have to apply for to ensure that they comply with the requirements.
Villareiz said an outdoor smoking area must be ten meters away from the entrance and exit of the establishment.
She assured that the law has addressed the usual complaints of residents about smoking along the sidewalks.
“It is no longer allowed and any violation will be penalized under this new ordinance,” Villareiz said.
She clarified that the new anti-smoking ordinance does not cover the regulation on vending cigarettes.
Villareiz said that the national anti-smoking law or Republic Act 9211 will come to play in regulating cigarette-selling which is no longer allowed even in premises outside schools.
She said cigarette vendors in the middle of the streets are now encourage to sell candies to public utility jeepney drivers instead of cigarettes since jeepney drivers are no longer allowed to smoke in public vehicles or they will be penalized.
Villareiz said the takatak boys who sell cigarettes in the middle of the streets can only be addressed when the anti-jaywalking will be strictly imposed since their act can be considered as road hazard.
Villareiz also said a violation ticket which will be issued to smokers once they are apprehended by authorities.
She warned that under the implementing guidelines of the strengthened ordinance on the anti-smoking violators are given three to five days to return the violation ticket to the police.
She said the citation ticket will indicate the specific violation and the corresponding administrative penalty.
“The person issued with the ticket has the option to either contest the violation in court or voluntarily pay the penalty of P500 imposed upon him or her to avoid being criminally prosecuted within 3 days from apprehension,” Villareiz said.
City Ordinance No. 0367-12, Series of 2012, known as The New Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance was passed by the City Council last year and approved by Mayor Sara Duterte early this year.
The new ordinance now prohibits smoking of any tobacco product including e-cigarettes, shishas and the like, in all accommodation and entertainment establishments, workplaces, enclosed public places, partially enclosed public places, public buildings, public outdoor spaces and all public conveyances, government-owned vehicles and other means of public transport within the territorial jurisdiction of Davao City.(PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)
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