Smoking will not only be prohibited in government offices, but in all public places nationwide.
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has expressed support to President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s plan to sign an Executive Order (EO) that will ban tobacco smoking in all public places. Through the EO, Filipinos can expect a nationwide smoking ban akin to Davao City’s 100% smoke-free policy.
The CSC has been a staunch supporter of tobacco control policies that aim to eliminate cigarette smoking in the workplace and to prevent tobacco companies from interfering with policy-making in the public sector. It issued Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 17, s. 2009 or the Smoking Prohibition Based on 100% Smoke-Free Policy which prohibits smoking in or on the premises, buildings, and grounds of government agencies providing health, education and/or social welfare and development services. Such as hospitals, health centers, schools, and universities, colleges among others. Designated smoking areas are also not allowed.
The CSC has also partnered with the Department of Health (DOH) in the promulgation of a Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2010-01 on the “Protection of the Bureaucracy Against Tobacco Industry Intervention”.
JMC No. 2010-01 provides specific guidelines for the bureaucracy’s interactions with the tobacco industry, particularly in prohibiting government officials and employees from doing unnecessary interaction with the tobacco industry. Prohibited acts include providing preferential treatment such as receipt of incentives, and soliciting or accepting any donation or favor from the tobacco industry in connection with any operation or transaction of the agency.
The CSC’s tobacco control initiatives are anchored on the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC), which was adopted by the 85th World Assembly on May 21, 2003 and ratified in the Philippines on April 25, 2005. CSC MC 17 is part of the country’s efforts to enforce Article 8 of the FCTC, which aims to protect the public from the perils of secondhand tobacco smoke.
Government officials and employees are advised that violating MC 17 and JMC 2010-01 is a ground for disciplinary action pursuant to Rule XIV (Discipline) of the Omnibus Rules Implementing Book V of Executive Order No. 292.
For more information on the CSC’s tobacco control advocacy, visit csc.gov.ph/smokefreecivilservice. Report violations of MC No. 17 or JMC No. 2010-01 to (02) 932-0111.
source: CSC Website
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