City enforces smoking ban in public places

ROXAS City — The city government is determined to enforce the “no smoking” ordinance in all public places here.

Councilor Powell del Rosario, who authored the ordinance, said they will strictly enforce the same as it is not only a campaign on health but on environmental protection and preservation.

When the ordinance is enforced, all offices in the city hall will be free from cigarette smoke as they have designated a particular place as smoking area, Del Rosario said.

More local officials in this city opted to minimize and even quit smoking, he added.

“From the city hall, we will implement it at the Teodoro Arcenas Trade Center … we have received a lot of complaints from the market goers about rampant smoking inside (the) said area,” Del Rosario said.

Drivers in the public transport who are caught smoking while driving will also face the consequences as stipulated in the ordinance, he added.

On the other hand, Mayor Angel Alan Celino revealed that to carry out the proper implementation of all ordinances, particularly the no-smoking ordinance, they will create a Smoke-Free Task Force.

Celino pointed out that the multi-sectoral group will look into the ordinance’s enforcement.

He also said a total of 42 ordinances violators, especially on texting while driving, were already penalized. (Jemin B. Guillermo/PIA/PN)

Schools join firefighting 
drill, rescue olympics

ROXAS City — Seventy- five college students from five schools in the province joined the 2nd Interschool Firefighting Drill and Rescue Olympics at the Provincial Park here yesterday.

The competition aims to enhance the emergency rescue skills of the student-participants, said Fire Marshal Lester Kenneth Gimotea of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) here.

“If we are prepared, we can minimize the damage,” Gimotea stressed.

Participating schools included the Hercor College, Colegio dela Purisima Concepcion, Filamer Christian University and the Capiz State University (CapSU) Dayao, Roxas City and Dumarao campuses.

For his part, Councilor Powell Del Rosario encouraged the students to share with their classmates and friends what they learned from the activity.

Del Rosario also suggested to the BFP officials to replicate the activity in the communities to create awareness among residents.

Before the actual competition, a fire drill and rescue simulation was conducted by the casual employees of the city government assigned at the BFP here.

The contest is in view of this year’s observance of the Fire Prevention Month with the theme “Kahandaan sa Sunog … Tungo sa Kaunlaran.”

The observance is stipulated in Presidential Proclamation No. 115-A that declared March each year as Fire Prevention Month. (Alex A. Lumaque/PIA/PN)

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