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Aug 3, 2017
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The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is urging the public to report stubborn violators of the recently implemented nationwide smoking ban.

In a statement, DILG Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III said the public can call Hotline 8888 to report individuals and establishments not complying with the Executive Order.

Huwag kayong matakot, ngayon na ang panahon para makisali sa pagbabago, magreklamo kayo at within a few days tutugon ang ating mga ahensya,” he said.

The DILG is also calling on local government units to organize a Smoke-Free Task Force that will be in charge of implementing the ban in their respective communities.

“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 said.

The Task Force will be working with the Philippine National Police to make the apprehension of violators a smoother process.

Meanwhile, violators and individuals who are having a hard time kicking the habit can be referred to the Department of Health’s National Smoking Cessation program.

Last May, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order 26, which aims to replicate Davao City’s smoke-free environment in the whole country. The nationwide smoking ban officially took effect on July 22.

 

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