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Smoke-free task force formed to monitor compliance in brgys
by Harley F. Palangchao

The officials of the 128 barangays of Baguio have been commissioned to implement the Smoke-Free Ordinance and the Environmental Code.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan issued Administrative Order 136 s. 2018 that decentralizes the implementation of said ordinances to ensure their effectiveness in the grassroots level.

The mayor also ordered the creation of 16 community smoke-free task forces representing each district to be composed of the respective districts’ medical officer as the chair, sanitation inspector as co-chair; and barangay captains or their smoke-free point persons, kagawad chair of the committee on health and sanitation, the Sangguniang Kabataan chair, district social worker, police sub-station commander; school representatives, civil society organization, business establishment representative, transport group representative,  and senior citizen group representative as members.

The mayor advised against admitting persons or entities upholding or accommodating  tobacco industry interest or connected in any way to the industry to protect the primary health objectives of the ordinance.

The task forces will assume the following duties: receive, review, and process reports and complaints and notify deputized members to validate reports; inspect and monitor compliance of all places covered by the ordinance; check the appropriateness of the designated smoking areas and recommend the approval, suspension or revocation of licenses or permits and closure of non-compliant establishments; conduct educational awareness campaigns on the ordinance, ill effects of smoking and exposure to second hand smoke, and smoking cessation program; and inspect the presence of “smoke-free” signs or notices.

The mayor also tasked the group to document all activities conducted in line with the implementation of the ordinances and submit said barangay smoke-free report to the district health center every first Monday of the succeeding month to be presented by the sanitation inspector to the district meetings.

“For the effective and efficient implementation of the said ordinance at the barangay level, a community task force is needed to strengthen the implementation of the ordinance to ensure that the wellbeing of all its constituents are protected from the harmful effects of smoking and tobacco consumption, reduce potential exposure to tobacco marketing and advertising, restrict its accessibility and provide support and a conducive environment for tobacco users to quit,” the mayor said.


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