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No complaints yet on smoking prohibition in gov't offices

by JMD Abangan

Nabunturan, Compostela Valley (30 January) -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) XI has yet to receive complaints regarding the prohibition on 100 percent smoke-free policy.

In a press conference, CSC Regional Director Annabelle Rosell said some government offices have been monitored to have complied with Memorandum Circular (MC)No. 17 but her office has not yet received reports on violations.

She encouraged the public to raise complaints regarding smoking in government buildings, premises and grounds.

CSC MC No. 17 issued on May 29, 2009 sets a 100 percent smoke-free policy and prohibits smoking in government buildings, premises and grounds except in open spaces designated as smoking areas.

The MC defines smoking areas as out-door spaces designated by the head of agency located in an open space with no permanent or temporary roof or walls and not located within ten meters of entrances, exits or any place where people pass or congregate.

In addition to the directive to put up "Smoking Area" signage measuring not more than 8 x 16 inches in size in smoking area, the hazardous effects of smoking on the smoker's health and of second-hand smoke on others must also be posted.

The MC further states that smoking areas are designated only in some government sites but not in the buildings, premises or grounds of government agencies providing health, education, and or social welfare and development services such as hospitals, health centers, schools, colleges.

Meanwhile, Compostela Valley Governor Arturo Uy has vowed to fully implement the "No Smoking Policy" in all provincial government offices in his province in compliance with the CSC directive.

He has warned all provincial government employees from smoking within any provincial government offices and in any other buildings owned and operated by the provincial government.

He is embarking into complete implementation of such policy to promote good among government employees. (PIA XI) [top]

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