Bizmen alerted on anti-smoking rules

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014


BUSINESSMEN in Iloilo City were asked to help in the anti-smoking program of the City Government to make the city a smoke-free area good for business and the people.

Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force chairman Joshua Alim said the City Government is implementating strictly the Regulation Ordinance 2013-348 by providing for a comprehensive anti-smoking measure starting with owners of local business establishments.

A regulation ordinance sponsored by councilor Lady Julie Grace Baronda was passed last Tuesday during the regular City Council session. The ordinance requires a separate license or permit from the city for any business establishment to sell or dispense cigarette and tobacco products in the city on top of the regular business permit.

The Baronda measure provides that “no business license to sell or dispense be issued to any person, establishment or store whose location is within 100 meters away from any school such as public or private day care, elementary, high schools, colleges and universities.

Penalties for individual violators include P500 fro first offense, P1,000 for second offense. P5,000 for third offense and 6 days imprisonment.

Penalties for erring business establishments include P1,500 for first offense, P3,000 for second offense, and P5,000 for third offense and cancellation of business permit. Subsequent offenses will call for revocation of business permit and license.

On the other hand, Alim said a letter signed and approved by city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog sent to the business owners called for awareness on the important partnership in doing business in Iloilo City and respecting its ordinance.

Section 6 of the ordinance showed strict compliance against the prohibitive acts and administrative violations for which cityhall reserves its rights to inspect all business establishments within its jurisdiction.

Alim said the prohibited acts include the no signages of NO SMOKING in the entrance and inside the establishments; providing ash trays in tables within the no smoking area; knowingly allowing, abetting or tolerating smoking any tobacco or using electronic devise system, shishia and the likes; designating smoking area within the building or establishment; and selling or allowing minors to smoke in their establishments.

The other prohibited acts are non-declaration in the business permit indicating the establishment is smoke-free; allowing smoking during events; selling of cigarettes infront of schools within 100 meters and that no poster, billboard, tarpaulin ad promotion material and the like; selling of cigarettes within the 20 meter perimeter of recreational activities, hospital, medical clinic, pharmacy and laboratory; and no “NO SMOKING” signages on public utility vehicle.

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