MMDA warns 6,154 smokers, P500 fine starts July 1
(SPOT.ph) Nearly a month after the No-Smoking in Public Places Policy was implemented on May 30, over 6,154 smokers have been apprehended by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), reports Manila Bulletin. On July 1, when the ban is fully implemented, violators will be fined P500 or will render eight hours of community service.
The MMDA website features a tally of "smokers given warnings" and "anti-littering apprehensions." According to the Health, Public Safety, and Environmental Protection Office, about 48,750 individuals have been caught throwing cigarette butts and candy wrappers, spitting, and urinating in public.
On their website, the MMDA has also listed places where smoking is banned, which includes public utility vehicles (PUV), transport terminals, tricycles, schools, hospitals, bars, restaurants, streets, and areas where food is being prepared. MMDA chair Francis Tolentino said that the agency will continue its campaign to educate the public on the anti-smoking drive and inform them about the associated health risks.