DoH wants LGUs to strictly en­force smok­ing ban

Tempo - - Comics - (Ge­na­lyn D. Ka­bil­ing)

The De­part­ment of Health is will­ing to con­duct a name and shame cam­paign against lo­cal govern­ment units that will not strictly en­force the smok­ing ban in pub­lic places start­ing July 23.

Health Sec­re­tary Paulyn Ubial said they ex­pect the lo­cal govern­ment units to im­ple­ment the Pres­i­dent’s di­rec­tive on the smok­ing re­stric­tions or else they might face sanc­tions.

“We are ready to ex­plore that idea of re­ally nam­ing and sham­ing some of the LGUs that are not com­ply­ing and also re­ward­ing those that have fully im­ple­mented the 100-per­cent smoke-free en­vi­ron­ments,” Ubial said.

Ubial agreed that the name and shame cam­paign is a “good idea,” cit­ing that the Health de­part­ment ap­plied the same strat­egy to help re­duce fire­cracker in­juries in the coun­try.

She said the DoH pre­vi­ously iden­ti­fied the lo­cal govern­ment units with the high­est num­ber of fire­cracker in­juries, which later com­pelled them to im­prove the safety mea­sures dur­ing the New Year’s Eve rev­elry. “We brought down fire­cracker in­juries by 30 per­cent this year,” she said.

The ex­ec­u­tive or­der that pro­hibits smok­ing in pub­lic places across the coun­try, signed by Pres­i­dent Duterte last May 16, will for­mally take ef­fect on July 23.

Ubial said the or­der can be en­forced this com­ing week­end even though the im­ple­ment­ing rules and reg­u­la­tions are still be­ing crafted. “There’s no grace pe­riod,” she said.

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