Aug 2, 2017 @ 15:12

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is encouraging native authorities models (LGUs) to assist the nationwide smoking ban by creating their respective Smoke-Free Task Forces that may assist implement the ban within the communities.

The nationwide smoking ban took impact on July 22, 2017 after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed Executive Order No. 26 which mandates the institution of a smoke-free atmosphere in public and enclosed areas.

In a directive, the DILG known as on the LGUs to instantly set up an area Smoke-Free Task Force that might be accountable for the apprehension of violators and the establishment of legal proceedings for violations of the EO.

The mentioned Task Force is predicted to work carefully with the Philippine National Police (PNP) in implementing the order, together with the apprehension of violators.

DILG Assistant Secretary for Plans and Programs Epimaco Densing III mentioned that the dedication of LGUs is essential to efficiently execute the order as components like proximity and familiarity with the communities inside their jurisdiction is significant in its implementation.

“We put a premium in prioritizing public health which is why the LGUs’ full participation and commitment are required as they are key for the success and proper implementation of EO 26,” Densing mentioned in a press release on Wednesday.

“Napakaimportante ang mga LGU at barangay kasi sila ang nasa ground (The LGUs and barangays are very important because they are on the ground),” he added.

“Hopefully, maitayo na agad ang mga Smoke-Free Task Force para ma-implement na ng buo ang EO at maminimize ang paniningarilyo hanggang sa mga komunidad (the Smoke-Free Task Force will be immediately established to fully implement the EO and minimize smoking up to the communities),” Densing mentioned.

The DILG official additionally inspired the general public to use Hotline 8888 to ship of their complaints of institutions and people not complying with the order.

“Huwag kayong matakot, ngayon na ang panahon para makisali sa pagbabago, magreklamo kayo at within a few days tutugon ang ating mga ahensya (Don’t be afraid, now is the time to join in the reforms, file a complaint and within a few days, our agencies will act on it),” he mentioned.

The DILG additionally urged the LGUs to develop, promote and implement Local Smoking Cessation Program in keeping with the National Smoking Cessation program of the Department of Health.

Smokers who’re prepared to give up or those that are discovered violating the EO could also be referred to the Local Smoking Cessation Program and its amenities. (PNA)