Since it stated its anti-smoking campaign last Sept. 1, the Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force (ICAST) apprehended 213 persons for violation of the anti-smoking ordinance
ICAST chairman, city councilor Joshua Alim said that violators were composed of drivers, high school and college students, and private individuals and business establishments.
Alim said that most of them were in the City Proper area, and the districts of Jaro and La Paz.
He said that the violators were reminded and ‘lectured’ by the ICAST members of the reason they were given a citation ticket and the cost of their violations.
First time violators are fined with P500, second violations are fined with P1,000 and a whooping P 5,000 for third time violators, said Alim.
Alim also said that lawyer Giovanni Miraflores of Iloilo City Legal Counsel would also handle all cases against violators who refused to pay their citation tickets.
ICAST director Inigo Garingalao said that most of these violators have paid their citation tickets at the city treasurer’s office within three days of their violation. Likewise, most of the on-time payers were apprehended students.
He also reminded the public that ICAST members do not ask for on-the-spot payment for violations as this is not allowed.
Meanwhile, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog praised ICAST for its ‘political will’ and very good performance since it started strictly implementing the anti-smoking ordinance. He also said that some cities are very impressed with the way the city and ICAST have imposed the law on the public. (PNA)