Anti-smoking, littering laws up for Dinagyang

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog has reiterated his instructions not to suspend the implementation of the anti-smoking and anti-littering ordinances.

Mabilog ordered to pursue the implementation of the ordinances even during the celebration highlights of Dinagyang Festival 2015 this week.

Enforcers of the Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force (ICAST) are bracing up for massive implementation of Regulation Ordinance 2013-348 as amended from Regulation Ordinance 2006-150 prescribing penalties for violators.

Penalties include P500 fine for first-time violator, 1,000 for second timer and P1,500 for third timer and community service.

Agents of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office are also bracing up for implementation of anti-littering ordinance based on Regulation Ordinance 2004-149 in prescribing penalties for violators.

The penalties include P500 fine for first-time violators, P750 for second timer and P1,000 for the third and subsequent violations.

Mabilog said the city is a non-smoking area and smokers are not allowed especially within the Dinagyang parade’s route, including the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand, which is the site of Stage I performance.

“Guests and dignitaries are usually seated at the Freedom Grandstand and let us show them that we are law-abiding citizens by not smoking,” Mabilog said.

Meanwhile, all kiosks selling along the Dinagyang route are enjoined to have their own garbage bag or bin and not allow their garbage to litter.

Garbage collectors are to collect all garbage in the evening or very early in the morning and deliver these to the Calajunan dumpsite in Mandurriao district.

An estimated 150 metric tons are expected as additional wastes during the last three days this week as highlights of the festival took frenzy turn.
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