DAVAO CITY – The city government of Davao said a total of P8.5 million in fines and penalties imposed from violators of the Anti-Smoking Ordinance, Sobriety Ordinance, and Liquor Ban for 2020 was collected by the city’s Vices Regulation Unit (VRU).
In a statement on Friday, January 29, the local government said a large portion of the collection came from the violators of the anti-smoking ordinance which amounted to P6.6 million.
“The collected amount for the liquor ban violations totaled to P1.8million while P49,481.25 were fines for violating the sobriety ordinance and P25,000 from the certification fee for Designated Smoking Area and Permit to sell,” it said.
The collection from 2020 fell “slightly lower” compared with the 2019 collection, the city government said. In 2019, the city government has collected P8.6 million.
“The decrease is attributed to the enforcement of the community quarantine due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic,” it added.
Davao City currently imposes P1,000 fine for individuals who will violate the anti-smoking ordinance, while P5,000 fine is imposed on establishments who will violate the same.
Aside from apprehending violators, the VRU also offers medical intervention to help people quit smoking through smoking cessation counseling and Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
The local government said its VRU’s smoking cessation on one-on-one counseling and nicotine replacement therapy was being conducted every Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at unit’s office in Magsaysay Park and through the Davao Chest Center.