Smoking is prohibited in Baguio City except in Designated Smoking Areas (DSA). Get to know more about the Designated Smoking Areas in this primer!
Businesses should apply for DSA duly approved by the City Health Services Office if they want to have a designated smoking area in their establishments. Be sure to meet all the requirements for DSA!
We still encourage everyone to make and keep their establishments and workplaces smoke-free. A smoke-free place leads to a healthy space!
The current Designated Smoking Areas in Baguio City are the following: • IHG • Texas Instruments • Korean Palace • Club Myles • Cholo’s Place • Café Will • Lemon and Olives • Chakaman • Alfer Building • Concentrix • Cap Building John Hay • The Manor
Areas under Absolute Smoking Ban are the following: •Center of youth activity •Schools •Youth hostels and recreational facilities for persons under eighteen (18) years old •Elevators and stairwells •Food preparation areas; •Public conveyances •Enclosed, partially enclosed and outdoor areas of transport terminals that are near entrances and exits or where people congregate; Parks, Plazas. •Locations in which fire hazards are present, including gas stations and storage areas for flammable liquids, gas, explosives or combustible materials •Within the buildings and premises of public and private hospitals, medical, dental, and optical clinics, health centers, nursing homes, dispensaries and laboratories •Playgrounds, sports and recreational facilities, •Within the buildings of all government facilities and premises of all offices: -Department of Health -Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education -Department of Social Welfare and Development -Civil Service Commission •Other facilities where an absolute smoking ban is imposed under special laws, administrative and executive orders, memorandum circulars and related policies.
Full DSA Application Process 1. Fill up application form and attach business permit >Get application form from HSO (Health Services Office) >Fill up the application form >Pay PHP 150 inspection fee at HSO cashier >Submit accomplished form at Smoke-Free Office (3rd floor HSO building) with the following: Updated business permit and official receipt of the inspection fee *For government premises – Civil Service Commission *For commercial establishments/buildings or non-government facilities – secure permit from City Buildings Official and City Health Services Office 2. Submit application to HSO for recommendation >HSO will approve or deny the application >Applicant will be notified of the date of the inspection >Smoke-Free Team coordinates with City Building and Architecture Office (CBAO) and HSO Sanitation Division for the date of inspection >Inspection should be within seven working days after application 3. Smoke-Free Team and HSO inspection in the area >Team coordinates with point person for the date of inspection and during inspection >Point person should present the forms during inspection >Team coordinates with the establishment in complying with the ordinance on DSA >Inform of the initial results/agreements *If the establishment failed the criteria for DSA, applicant must return application form with findings and remarks >Sanitary Inspector submits inspection results to HSO for the DSA final approval of the City Health Officer 4. Approval, follow-up inspection and certification >The Smoke-Free Inspection Team informs the applicant for DSA posters and Smoke-Free signages >Smoke-Free Team conducts a follow-up visit once signage and requirements are complied >HSO issues certification of DSA >HSO gives letter of result to the establishment within three days >City Task Force will be informed through advisory/City Task Force meeting
Our featured Smoke-Free Baguio activity is MPOWER and Enforcement training!
MPOWER training is a program designed to educate the community about the implications of smoking. It also highlights the importance of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in addressing the dangers and health implications of smoking. MPOWER training is used to increase the involvement of different sectors in enforcing anti-smoking policies and advocate awareness in the community.
MPOWER stands for:
Monitoring: Tobacco Use, Prevention Policies and Tobacco Industry Activities
Protect People from Exposure to Tobacco Smoke
Offer Help for Smokers/Vapers to Quit
Warn about the Dangers of Tobacco
Enforce Ban on Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship (TAPS)
Raise Taxes/Prices for Tobacco
Smoke-Free Baguio also conducts enforcement training to deputized Smoke-Free Baguio enforcers from different barangays in the city. The enforcement training includes an orientation of the Smoke-Free Baguio City Ordinance (City Ordinance No. 34, series of 2017) and the roles and responsibilities of the Community Task Force.
MPOWER and Enforcement training aims to build the capacity of all members of the Community Task Force and to educate and empower community enforcers in the implementation of the Smoke-Free Baguio Ordinance.
For two years, Smoke-Free Baguio has conducted nine MPOWER and Enforcement trainings with around 1900 participants in all the combined trainings. Barangay resolutions adapting the Smoke-Free ordinance were made and barangays were eager to get involved in the Smoke-Free program. One participant said after a training “After today, I now understand the need to support and join tobacco control programs, I am now for a Smoke-Free Baguio.”
Watch out for our next batch of MPOWER and Enforcement training soon! Let us work together for a Smoke-Free city through enforcement, education, and community participation!
Smoke-Free Baguio Task Force updates Designated Smoking Area guidelines for the new normal
The Smoke-Free Baguio Task Force clarified and updated the guidelines for Designated Smoking Areas (DSA) to avoid confusion with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) supplemental guidelines on workplace prevention and control of COVID-19.
A joint memorandum of DTI and DOLE was created to provide supplementary guidelines on workplace prevention and control on COVID-19. The memo stated that individual “booths” are to be provided in DSAs. However, according to Baguio City Ordinance No. 34 series of 2017, much known as Smoke-Free Baguio Ordinance, DSAs must be located in an open space outside the building with no roof or walls in an outdoor area, thus individual “booths” are not in compliance with the ordinance. The Smoke-Free Baguio Task Force, headed by Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong clarified that the City Ordinance will be followed to avoid confusion with the new guidelines.
The Smoke-Free Task Force also added the protocol stated in the DTI-DOLE memo in their inspection and monitoring of DSAs. This includes requiring employees to observe physical distancing, no talking inside the DSA while smoking, handwashing after smoking and the use of face mask and face shield outside the DSA.
Dr. Rowena Galpo, City Health Officer, and Vice-Chair of the Smoke-Free Task Force applauded DOLE and DTI for the policy and said that the city health service and the task force support the new guidelines banning common smoking areas to prevent and control the spread of the virus in the workplace. “We are delighted to be part of this campaign that it will benefit the health of Filipinos and help the government achieve its health-related development goals including its fight against COVID-19” Galpo added.
Businesses in Baguio City must apply for DSA to be approved by Smoke-Free Baguio Task Force should they wish to have smoking areas in their establishments. Baguio City is strictly enforcing the Smoke-Free Ordinance even in this time of pandemic as part of the new normal. As part of advocating the ordinance, we encourage businesses to make or keep their workplaces smoke-free for the benefit of all.