Sanctions vs smoking ban violators start July 1

by Zen Hernandez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 30 2011 06:50 PM | Updated as of May 31 2011 02:50 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to enforce the no-smoking policy soon.

They kicked off their information campaign today by handing out flyers and leaflets, informing the public that starting July, violators will be apprehended and fined.

According to Republic Act 9211, otherwise known as the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003, smoking is prohibited in public places such as: 

  • clinics,
  • hospitals,
  • health centers,
  • laboratories,
  • playgrounds,
  • schools,
  • dormitories,
  • recreational facilities,
  • elevators and stairwells,
  • gas stations,
  • public utility vehicles,
  • terminals,
  • government offices,
  • sidewalks,
  • major and secondary roads around the metro.

First-time offenders will be fined P500, while those who cannot afford the fine may render 8 hours of community service.

For second-time offenders, the fine is elevated to P1,000 to P5,000 while those who will violate for a third time will have to shell out P5,000 to P10,000.

The Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB), meanwhile, will be handling violations committed by public utility drivers.

Drivers who will violate the no-smoking policy will be fined P500 for the first offense, P5,000 and a possible suspension of franchise for the operator on the second offense, and a revocation of license on the third offense.