IN Muntinlupa City, local ordinances are not only written in codes but are imposed and implemented, translating to thousands apprehended violators on 2017.
According to a report from Muntinlupa City Police Station (MCPS), 5,569 individuals violated ordinances on drinking liquor on sidewalks, curfew on minors, anti-illegal barkers, anti-half naked and smoking ban.
A total of 1,237 smokers were apprehended from July to December 2017 after passing Ordinance 17-072 which prohibits smoking tobacco products and electronic nicotine delivery systems such as e-cigarette (vapes) or e-shisha in public places.
Muntinlupa City is one of the first cities in NCR to pass a local ordinance following President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order (EO) No. 26 or known as the Nationwide Smoking Ban.
Smoking ban offenders in the city were penalized from P500 to P5,000 and two up to 14 hours of community service.
A Smoke-Free Task Force has been conducting inspections to business parks and transportation terminals to ensure full implementation of the smoking ban.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi continuously urges the public to quit smoking and said that the local government is serious in implementing the said ordinance.
MCPS recorded 363 violators of the City Ordinance 88-07 (liquor ban), 2,696 apprehended on Citywide Curfew Ordinance 02-030, 10 illegal barkers, and 1,600 nabbed for Ordinance 17-070 (Anti-Half Naked).
The local exec instructed Peace and Order Council members to augment efforts and intensify implementation of local ordinances this year.
On January 19, Muntinlupa Peace and Order Council will convene to strengthen and discuss implementing rules and regulations of the smoking and firecracker ban and its possible amendments.