MAKATI TIES UP WITH UP LAW FOUNDATION TO STRENGTHEN ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN

PRESS RELEASE
09 September 2009
REF.: Makati ICRD , 8998938

As part of its continuing drive to promote a “smoke-free” Makati , the city government of Makati has been actively collaborating with the University of the Philippines College of Law Development Foundation, Inc. (UPCLDF) to build and strengthen the capability of barangay officials and key law enforcers in implementing laws aimed to curb smoking.

Mayor Jejomar C. Binay said the UPCLDF is set to conduct this afternoon a half-day lecture on the legal mechanisms in the enforcement of Republic Act 9211, otherwise known as the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003, for some 50 participants, including 33 barangay chiefs, nine police precinct commanders, and senior officers from the Department of Public Safety and Department of Environmental Services of Makati.

“We thank and laud the UP College of Law Development Foundation for lending us expert technical assistance through the conduct of free lectures and seminars for the city’s key officials and authorities. We are fortunate to be granted access to its large pool of legal experts, including judges, prosecutors, and bright young lawyers,” Binay said.

Atty. Deborah Sy, Consultant of the UPCLDF, will give lecture participants an overview of the major provisions of R.A. 9211 and related laws, while Atty. Cyril Alfred Castro, lead researcher, will tackle ways of enforcing them.

Through City Ordinance No. 2002-090, which antedates the national law, Makati since 2003 has imposed a city-wide ban on smoking in all public vehicles and in enclosed public places where persons other than the smokers may be exposed to cigarette smoke. Under the ordinance, smoking is ‘absolutely prohibited’ in all government or public buildings, schools in all levels, hospitals and clinics, and all enclosed public places with an area of less than 100 square meters.

Penalties imposed on violators range from P1,000 for first offense, P2,000 for second offense, and for third offense, P3,000 or imprisonment for three to six days, or both at the discretion of the court. Erring establishments are also subject to closure and cancellation of their business permits.

Meanwhile, R.A. 9211 is the national law that regulates the packaging, use, sale, distribution and advertisements of tobacco products.

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