THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is looking forward to a smoke-free
environment this Yuletide.
Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy reminded local chief executives
(LCEs) to strictly enforce the smoking ban now that endless rounds of parties and get-together
occasions are being held.
Cuy told the LCEs and other state officials to ensure the implementation of Executive Order
(EO) 26 on Christmas parties whether it may be in government offices, schools, hospitals and other
public and enclosed places.
“While Christmas parties and get-togethers have been part of our holiday celebrations, we do
not want the party-goers to suffocate or develop lung diseases from inhaling cigarette or tobacco
smoke while enjoying the party or while travelling to or from the Christmas events using public
transportations,” Cuy said.
President Rodrigo Duterte issued EO 26 last May 16, 2017 in fulfillment of his campaign
promise to implement a nationwide smoking ban the same way he did in Davao City when he was still
EO 26 provides stricter policies and measures in smoking in public places and conveyances,
distribution or purchase of tobacco products, and advertisements and promotional materials of tobacco
“EO 26 must be complied with. This is not just a suggestion or recommendation. There are
corresponding penalties to the violators, so we are urging all to abide with the law,” Cuy added.