MMDA lauds Malabon City for strict anti-smoking ordinance enforcement

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) lauded on Tuesday, Dec. 7, the local government unit of Malabon City for its implementation of no smoking policy in public places--and that includes vape and e-cigarrettes.

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos said the move is welcome development in protecting the health and well-being of its residents.

"Tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke is dangerous. Hence, we have to keep ourselves healthy amidst the pandemic to avoid respiratory diseases as well as COVID-19 complications," said Abalos in a statement.

Malabon City have been implementing its City Ordinance No. 14-2018 which bans smoking in certain public spaces, government buildings, schools, hospitals, and in public vehicles and terminals.

Based on the ordinance, barangay officials and members of the Barangay Security Force have the authority to enforce their smoke free policy.

Some of these initiatives include posting of the copy of ordinance in barangay bulletin boards, public awareness campaign by utilization of public address system, development of barangay maps showing the points of reference like schools, playgrounds, among others.

Last month, the MMDA conducted a training for the members of Malabon City Smoke-Free Task Force held at Malabon City Hall to equip them with knowledge and skills in the implementation of their local ordinance on smoke free environment. A total of 29 barangay officials and personnel participated in the training.