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ComVal implements "no smoking" policy

by Grace Almedilla

Compostela Valley Province (9 February) -- Governor Arturo T. Uy led the provincial officials and the department heads in a ceremonial signing of the "No Smoking" signage bearing the International No Smoking Symbol during the provincial government's launching of the No Smoking Policy this February.

The implementation of the policy serves as a strong support to Memo Circular No. 17, series of 2009 of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) which encourages people to quit smoking for health reasons and to protect people from secondhand smoke. Such policy finds legal basis from the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 (Republic Act 9211) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

As an immediate response to the said CSC Memo Circular, Governor Uy issued Memorandum Order No. 025, series of 2010 addressed to all employees for the strict implementation of such policy. Any violation shall be considered a ground for a disciplinary action. To ensure strict compliance, Mr. Romeo P. Miranda, Supply Officer III of the Provincial General Services Office (PGSO) is the one designated as the Building Administrator.

For now, the Comval capitol has designated limited smoking areas for those who could not yet quit outright. These are open air spaces so that other individuals especially non-smokers could avoid secondhand smoke.

According to study, even a little exposure to secondhand smoke can be harmful to people's health. It causes lung cancer, increases the risk of a heart attack, triggers asthma attack, and causes acute respiratory effects.

The CSC adopts and promulgates a 100% Smoke Free Policy and a Smoking Prohibition in all areas of government premises, buildings and grounds, except for open spaces designated as smoking areas, in order to ensure a healthy and productive workforce. (ids comval) [top]

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