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Smoke-free Iloilo City sought

By Lydia C. Pendon

Friday, January 31, 2014

THE Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force (Icast) is steadfast in implementing its mandate of not allowing
smoking in all public places including the non-operation of special smoking area in restaurants and bars.

“Definitely, we are making the city a smoke-free area and even tourists are not allowed to smoke here,”
city councilor and Icast Chairman Joshua Alim said.

The City Council has passed Regulation Ordinance 2013-348 last September 10, 2013 by amending
certain provisions of the “Ordinance providing for a comprehensive anti-smoking ordinance in the city of
Iloilo and for other purposes.”

The amended ordinance also provides prohibited acts by an individual and administrative violation.
These prohibited acts include smoking or using electronic devise system in schools compound, public
buildings, public conveyances and government owned vehicles, locations in which fire hazards are
present, within 100 meters of the surrounding premises of hospitals, medical, dental, optical clinics and
pharmacies, accommodation such as hotels, motels and the likes, restaurants, bars, disco houses and
other entertainment establishments, private workplace open to the general public, public places where
10 or more persons convened, waiting shed and any area owned by the government and declared by the
city mayor thru an executive order as a no smoking area or place.

Alim said the prohibited acts or administrative violations include no signage of No smoking in the
entrance and inside of the establishment, providing ash trays within the No smoking Area, designating
smoking area within the building, selling and allowing minors to smoke in their establishment, non-
declaration in the business Permit indicating that the establishment is a smoke-free establishment,
allowing smoking during events, selling cigarettes in front of schools within 100 meters, selling of
cigarettes within the 20-meter perimeter of recreational activities, hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies
and laboratories, and NO Smoking signage on public utility vehicle.

Penalties were also added to violators from the old ordinance. The amended ordinance provides fine of
P500 and or 24 hours community work and or 3 days imprisonment at the discretion of the court for
first offense; a fine of P1,000 and or 48 hours community work and or 5 days imprisonment for the
second offense; and a fine of P5,000 and or 60 hours community work and or 10 days imprisonment.

Policemen are likewise not allowed to smoke in public and while on duty, Alim added.

The amended city ordinance also declared JM Basa Street and Iznart Street as “No Smoking Streets”, for
reason these streets are highly populated and considered as a heritage area and tourism destination.

providing ash trays within the No smoking Area. pharmacies and laboratories. designating smoking area within the building. private workplace open to the general public. dental. accommodation such as hotels. medical. JM Basa Street and Iznart Street were als odeclared as “No Smoking Streets.500 (second offense) and P5. medical clinics. beware: The Iloilo City Ant-Smoking Task Force (ICAST) is stringently implementing the amended ordinance ordering a total ban on smoking in all establishments. restaurants. public places where 10 or more persons convened.000 and one week closure (third and succeeding offenses). 2. bars. hospitals. locations in which fire hazards are present. selling of cigarettes within the 20-meter perimeter of recreational activities. selling cigarettes in front of schools within 100 meters. motels and the likes. waiting shed and any area owned by the government and declared by the city mayor thru an executive order as a no smoking area or place. 2014 | Filed under: Latest News. Iloilo Councilor Joshua Alim. non-declaration in the business Permit indicating that the establishment is a smoke-free establishment.500 (first offense). Chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Rules and Style said that establishment owners and smokers should be aware of this new measure or they will face penalties. Regulation Ordinance No. establishments are prohibited to put up smoking areas for smokers.Slider | Posted by: Reymar Latoza Smoking Ban in Iloilo City Business operators and smokers. optical clinics and pharmacies. disco houses and other entertainment establishments. Violators will be fined of the following: P1. public conveyances and government owned vehicles. The violations include no signage of No smoking in the entrance and inside of the establishment. within 100 meters of the surrounding premises of hospitals. allowing smoking during events. 2006-150 or The Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance of Iloilo City. IMT . and NO Smoking signage on public utility vehicle. selling and allowing minors to smoke in their establishment. The amended ordinance also provides prohibited acts by an individual and administrative violation. These prohibited acts include smoking or using electronic devise system in schools compound.Smoking totally banned April 11. public buildings. Under the amended ordinance.News.