Kita! Baguio’s anti-city ordinance collects P1. 6M in fines

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Some 2,633 people were caught violating the anti-smoking ordinance in Baguio City in the first 10 months of the year, the city government said.

Public Order and Safety Division supervisor Joel Belinanin said the city collected P1,634,000 during the 10-month period.

Baguio City’s Ordinance 34-2017 prohibits the use, sale, distribution, and advertisement of cigarettes and other tobacco products in certain places. It took effect in May 2017.

Violators face fines of P1,000 for the first offense; P2,000 for the second; and P3,000 for the third.

Establishments that violate the ordinance will be fined P2,000 for the first offense; P3,000 for the second; and P5,000 for the third offense, plus revocation of business license.

Belinan said his team has been monitoring establishments and public places, especially those near school premises, together with the city’s Smoke-Free Task Force.

Last Sept. 8, Mayor Mauricio Domogan issued Administrative Order 136 setting up community and district task forces to implement the anti-smoking ordinance in barangays outside the central business district.

For his part, Councilor Joel Alangsab, author of the anti-smoking ordinance, said they hope the city will get its first Red Orchid Award from the Department of Health.

The Red Orchid Award is the DOH’s search among government hospitals, offices, and local government units that implement a 100-percent tobacco-free environment.

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