VICTORIA CITY, Negros Occidental (DWDD) – The City of Victorias launched an ordinance banning smoking in public places aimed at making the city smoke-free.
Victorias is the second city in Negros Occidental that launched its anti-smoking ordinance this month, next to Bago City on November 5.
The City Council approved in August Ordinance No. 10-2017 or the Comprehensive Smoking-Free Ordinance of Victorias City. It prohibits the use, sale, distribution and advertisement of cigarettes and other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes in certain places.
The simple launching rite was held at the Victorias Public Plaza and was led by Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca.
Mayor Palanca, a former smoker of 20 years, followed suit President Rodrigo Duterte’s order banning smoking in public places, urged residents to serve “citizens watch” to assist the city government in apprehending violators along with the police.
Violators will pay PHP500 for the first offense; PHP800 for the second offense; and PHP1,000 for the third and subsequent offenses, or imprisonment for a period not exceeding five days or both at the discretion of the court.
Meanwhile, violators selling, advertising and promoting smoking in banned places will be fined PHP2,000 for the first offense; PHP3,000 for the second offense; and PHP5,000 for the third and subsequent offenses, or imprisonment for a period not exceeding in 20 days or both at the discretion of the court, while in the case of the case of a business entity or establishment, its business permit will be revoked.
In Bago City, Ordinance No. 17-03 or Comprehensive Smoke Free Ordinance will be fully enforced this week, that “prohibits the use, sale, distribution and advertisement of cigarettes and other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes in certain places, imposing penalties for violations, and providing funds thereof, and for other purposes.” DILG/MCAG