The Bacolod City government recently reiterated its calls for the public to observe anti-smoking laws, which carry fines between P500 and P2,500, along with the possibility of 30 days behind bars.
Back in July, along with a city ordinance passed by the Bacolod City Sangguniang Panlungsod, Mayor Evelio Leonardia issued an executive order creating the Bacolod Anti-Smoking Task Force (BASTF), which will both enforce the public smoking ban implemented by President Rodrigo Duterte, and crackdown on the proliferation of fraudulent tobacco products.
According to City Ordinance 41, among the places where smoking is prohibited include schools, parks, elevators, gas stations, hospitals, buses and jeepneys, airports, piers and terminals, conference centers, malls, restaurants, among other similar locations.
Establishments that do not observe anti-smoking policies will also be penalized and may face their business permit being canceled.
Violations can be reported to police through 911./WDJ