THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) reported on Wednesday that a total of 86 cities in the country have passed smoke-free ordinances.
“We saw an active adoption by Local Government Units of smoke-free policies on the protection of the public from exposure to tobacco smoke, establishing Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs), and creating Smoke-free Task Force, among others,” DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a press statement on Wednesday.
Together with non-government organizations (NGOs), Departments of Health and Justice, the DILG assessed whether local ordinances were consistent with the specific provisions of Executive Order 26, which includes 100 percent smoke-free places and designated smoking areas (DSA).
“Smoke-free” means 100% free from tobacco smoke, where it cannot be seen, smelled, sensed or measured,” Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said.
At least 65 cities have created their smoke-free task forces to ensure that smoke-free policies were followed.
“This can be attributed to the strong resolve of the government to promote smoke-free environments,” he said.
Malaya cited the efforts of Davao City, Balanga City, and Iloilo City for expanding their smoke-free environments over what the law had specified as these cities prohibited smoking in all public places except in DSAs identified by the LGU.
Taguig City and Cotabato City were also commended for adopting the engineering standards on DSA, as well as Baguio City, Marikina City, and Pasig City which have “comprehensively designed” their respective smoke-free task forces. DARWIN PESCO