DAVAO CITY- Its Republic Act 9211 and City Ordinance No. 143, or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 or the City’s comprehensive anti-smoking ordinance had known Davao City worldwide. This law prohibits anyone to smoke in public utility vehicle, government-owned vehicle or any other means of public transport for passengers, accommodation and entertainment establishment, public building, public place, enclosed public place, or in any enclosed area outside of ones private residence, private place of works, cars owned by the government or duly designated smoking areas, within the jurisdiction of Davao City. The violators of this ordinance shall and will be subject to fine not less than Php500.00 or imprisonment of not less than one month. This ordinance was passed by the 13th council of Davao City and has been approved by former Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, vice mayor today. Because of this Davao City became famous and became site for the study of foreign nationals which they are also starting the implementation banning the smoking to their country. According to Dr. Domilyn C. Villareiz, co –chairman, Anti-smoking Task Force in his interview to Manila Times that they had been receiving visitors from other countries in order to observe the implementation of the ban of smoking in the city with their recent visitors from Hanoi, Vietnam, and from Thailand.
Anti-smoking of Davao city also gains recognition from different bodies and organization. In fact, the anti-smoking of the City was awarded by International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD) in its 40th World Congress at Mexico last December 2009 for its unwavering commitment anti smoking policies in the country. That is why the Anti-smoking Task Force (ASTF) continues complying the strict implementation of this ordinance with no further allowance and exemption. But despite of the strict implementation of anti-smoking there are still many people have been caught violating this ordinance. Last...
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