Businesses told to renew Dosas

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014


BUSINESS establishments in Davao City are encouraged to renew permits for their designated outdoor smoking areas (Dosas) this month.

Anti-Smoking Task Force (ASTF) co-chairperson Dr. Domilyn Villarreiz, speaking in Monday's edition of the Davao Press Club's Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao Annex, said establishments can renew Dosas anytime of the year.

However, she added it is better to do the renewal this month so that they can use it the whole year without encountering problems.

Establishments can renew their permits at the ASTF office in Magsaysay Park. Requirements includes: the application form and a sketch plan for the Dosas in their respective locations.

Also, according to the New Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance (Ordinance 0367-12, Series of 2012), for a commercial and business establishment to have an approved Dosa, it must be 10 meters away from its entrances and exits with an area of not larger than five square meters and with no permanent or temporary roof or walls.

The required signages like "smoking area," "no foods and drinks," and "minors are not allowed" should also be present for Dosas to be approved

Last year, ASTF approved 21 Dosas in 16 establishments in the city.

The following have establishments have one Dosa each: Casa Mundo, Claude's Cafe, Concentrix, Robinson's Cybergate Davao, Dagat Fiesta Resort, Felis Resort Complex, Tulip Grand Plaza, Holcim Philippines Inc. Davao Plant, Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao, Jogue's Apartelle, Nonki Japanese Restaurant, One Network Bank, Inc., and Pryce Tower Condo Corp. Grand Regal Hotel Davao has two Dosas while SM City Davao and SM Lanang Premier have three Dosas each.

Earlier, Villareiz said they are conducting daily random checks on commercial and business establishments if they have approved Dosas or have a permit to sell cigarettes.

According to the ordinance, establishments caught violating will be fined a maximum of P5,000 or four months imprisonment.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 21, 2014.

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