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Philippine Govt ANTI-Tobacco Policies

Written By Jane Miranda on Saturday, August 25, 2012 | Saturday, August 25, 2012

ANTI-Tobacco Policies Philippines

CSC-DOH Joint MC No. 2010-01 bans all government officials and employees from interacting with the tobacco industry, unless when strictly necessary for effective regulation, supervision or control. Prohibited acts include providing preferential treatment such as incentives and exemptions to the tobacco industry, and soliciting or accepting any donation or favor from the tobacco industry in connection with any operation or transaction of the agency.

In 2009, the CSC issued MC No. 17 that ordered an absolute smoking ban in all government premises that provide health, education, and social welfare and development services such as hospitals, health centers, schools and universities. This means that no “smoking area” shall be found in such places.

By conducting symposia and capacity-building seminars nationwide, the CSC actively encouraged government agencies to implement MC 17. Several national agencies, including the CSC, the DOH and the Department of Agriculture, have already declared their offices as 100% Smoke Free.

In November 2010, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) directed its employees, including traffic, field and office-based personnel, to refrain from smoking within the premises of the office and field of assignments and inside any MMDA vehicle. Clients, guests and visitors are also prohibited to smoke within the premises of the MMDA building.

HealthJustice, a non-governmental organization focused on research and capacity-building for priority public health policies, held the very first awards ceremony to honor exceptional efforts in tobacco control pursuant to the Philippines’ treaty obligations under the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

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