Public smoking ban to be strictly enforced in Camiguin
by Jorie C. Valcorza
Cagayan de Oro City (11 November) -- The beautiful getaway Island "born of fire" will soon go smoke free!
The local government decided to add real teeth on the existing anti-smoking ordinance by creating a provincial task force.
Governor Jurdin Jesus "JJ" M. Romualdo has recently passed an executive order, effecting immediately the implementation of the anti-smoking campaign in the province.
The Camiguin Provincial Health Office (PHO), having tobacco control as part of its regular health programs will take the lead on the campaign.
It is tasked to develop and produce information, education and communication materials on the harms of second hand-smoke as well as on the provisions of the ordinance.
PHO will also serve as the overall coordinator among all LGU offices involved in the implementation of the ordinance.
The Provincial Anti-Smoking Ordinance No. 2008-06 bans the use of cigars, cigarettes and other tobacco products in public places, public buildings, public utility vehicles, passenger boats and other like areas in the island. Any person found violating the provisions shall be fined and penalized.
Meanwhile, permits and licenses of establishments found to have violated the ordinance will be suspended or denied upon renewal.
The task force will be responsible for receiving, reviewing and processing reports of the complaints for violations.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on the other hand was tapped to assist the local officials and deputized civilians in apprehending violators and filing appropriate complaints.
Governor JJ Romualdo directs the newly created task force to capitalize not only in promoting awareness but likewise in gaining public support and participation.
On a related development, the Camiguin General Hospital has also been awarded this year with DOH Red Orchid Award.
The Red Orchid Award is given basing on the strength of its comprehensive efforts to implement a 100% Tobacco-Free environment following the WHO "MPOWER" initiative where M stands for monitor tobacco use, P for protect people from tobacco smoke, O for offer help to quit tobacco use, W for warn against the dangers of tobacco, E for enforce bans on tobacco advertising and R for raise taxes on tobacco. The R or the raise taxes criterion applies only to local government units. (PIA-10) [top]