To ensure strict implementation of COB Ordinance 34 s 2017 otherwise known as the Smoke Free Baguio Ordinance, additional 45 enforcers were trained on MPOWER and Enforcers’ Deputation Training held on August 24-25, 2021, at the Plaza Lodge Hotel.
The training objective is to strengthen the city’s advocacy toward a Smoke-Free Baguio and to train the new enforcers on how to properly apprehend record and endorse violations to augment the existing manpower at the Community and City Task Force.
“To those who passed this ordinance, they are working so hard to save not only this generation but the generation to come. In order to achieve the goal of this ordinance is that we public and private have to work hand-in-hand.”, expressed Epifania Geston, the owner of Gestdan Building and now a deputized Smoke-Free enforcer.
SF team led by Ms. Cecille Agpawa discussed the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) during the training. The FCTC is the first treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization. It is an evidence-based treaty that reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health.
“We aim to be a smoke-free city and these new enforcers will help us implement and achieve faster our goal. They will be our eyes in the community and hands to ensure that the Smoke-Free Baguio Ordinance is in effect,” Ms. Cecille Agpawa said.
Specifics of the Baguio City Ordinance No. 34, Series of 2017 – much known as Smoke-Free Baguio Ordinance – was thoroughly discussed by the author of the ordinance himself Councilor Joel Alangsab, SP on Health; and program lead Dr. Donna Tubera, City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit Head, discussed the effects of smoking.
Eng. Charles Carame, Sanitation Inspection Officer V, and Mr. Chris Public Order and Safety Division (POSD) discussed the guidelines and proper apprehension of individual and establishment violators. The ordinance is to safeguard public health by protecting them from the harmful effects of smoking, vaping and tobacco consumption. It prohibits smoking in public place, sale, distribution and advertisement of cigarettes, vapes, and other tobacco products in certain places and imposing penalties from P1,000 to 5,000 for those who will violate the ordinance.