NVizcaya board approves anti-smoking ordinance
by Ben Moses Ebreo
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (June 2) -- The provincial board here has approved an ordinance localizing the Anti-Smoking Law in the country.
Approved in March 10, the provincial ordinance prohibits the smoking in public places, transportation terminals and schools among other places in the province.
"We are glad that the support of our legislators is overwhelming. We are also getting a similar show of support from the local government units," said Virigie Galapon, project coordinator of the anti-smoking program in the province.
The provincial ordinance, Galapon explained penalizes violators with the following offenses and penalties: Fine of P1,500.00 for the First Offense, Fine of P2,500.00 for the 2nd Offense and Fine of P5,000.00 for the Third Offense.
She said the ordinance will also be cascaded within the municipal local government units as local officials have already vowed their full support for its adoption in their communities.
Galapon said local officials of the towns of Bambang, Bagabag, Villaverde and Solano have already pledged their support and commitment on the anti-smoking ordinance.
"Each citizen in the province can now tell smokers to stop their habit since we now have an ordinance specially when they are in public places," Galapon stressed.
She said the ordinance is now being subjected for publication for a month before its total implementation and enforcement, coupled with an intensified information education and communication and advocacy campaign in tri-media outlets.
Galapon also appealed to the public to support the ordinance as this will contribute to the elimination of the one of the major causes of death in the world ? diseases and illnesses developed from the habit of smoking.
Statistics showed that smoking is prevalent mostly among males with ages ranging from 20 to 50 years old bracket.
The anti-smoking project in the province is funded by the Bloomberg Foundation under the Fourmula 1 agenda of the Department of Health (DOH). (PIA NVizcaya) [top]