Philippines: Smoke-Free Task Force nabs 1,504 smokers in Munti

4 September 2018:

By: Manila Standard

A friendly reminder to residents and visitors in Muntinlupa City: Smoking in public areas is penalized.As of August, the Muntinlupa Smoke-Free Task Force recorded 1,504 individuals violating Muntinlupa City Ordinance No. 17-072 or the Comprehensive Smoke Free Ordinance of the City of Muntinlupa and confiscated 459 cigarette packs from ambulant vendors.Mayor Jaime Fresnedi continuously urges the public to quit smoking and said that the local government will place stricter implementation of the No Smoking ordinance in the coming weeks.Violators caught smoking or vaping in public places were charged with a fine of P500 to P5,000 and two to 14 hours community service. Penalty tickets were given by members of SFTF.Muntinlupa SFTF is composed of the City Health Office, PNP, Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau, Public Order and Safety Office, Public Information Office, among other local offices.

Muntinlupa City is one of the first cities in NCR to pass a local ordinance following President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 26 or known as the Nationwide Smoking Ban.Under Section 5a of Muntinlupa Ordinance No. 17-072, the use and distribution of cigarette and tobacco products are prohibited in the city.It includes smoking or vaping in enclosed or partially enclosed public places, workplaces, public conveyances (whether mobile or stationary), except in Designated Smoking Areas duly approved and fully compliant with the requirements set by the City Health Office.