In bid to clear improve the quality of air in the metropolis, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has sought the cooperation of its 17 member cities and towns to implement the no-smoking policy on major and secondary roads starting May 30.
According to MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino, select officials of the agency will issue citation tickets to violators of Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 with a corresponding fine of P500 for the first offense. Those who are not capable of shelling out the amount will be required to render community service for at least eight hours.
The implementation of the smoking ban on Metro Manila's primary and secondary is also in line with a similar regulation already being implemented by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and other local government units thru their local traffic-violation scheme for a joint effort in apprehending violators.
The MMDA initiated the smoking ban after New York-based Bloomberg Philantrophies approved a P9.5 million grant for the agency to help fight air pollution in Metro Manila.
Tolentino will lead 17 other Metro Manila mayors in launching the 100% Smoke-Free Metro Manila campaign today that is aimed at clearing the metropolis of harmful smoke by 2012.
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