DAVAO CITY—Government leaders from seven Asean member-countries have formed an observers’ mission here to take lessons on how the city government implements its own brand of a no-smoking ordinance, after this city gained prominence when it strictly enforced a similar ban 10 years ago.
Dr. Domilyn Villareiz, chief of the anti-smoking unit of the city, said all 10 Asean countries, except Brunei Dar…usallam, Singapore and Myanmar are expected to be in the city by July, which would be two months into the implementation of City Ordinance 0367-2.
The implementation of the old law 11 years ago was also witnessed by local government leaders from Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Vietnam, and covered by a Japanese television.
The first ordinance that came out in 2002 banned smoking in cemeteries, especially during All Souls’ and All Saints’ Day, and in sidewalks. Drivers and passengers in private vehicles were also prohibited from smoking in all public thoroughfares.