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Smoking Ban.

There will be a lot of pros and cons over this new executive order from President Duterte. I am sure our Angeles City Mayor will be sending out specific enforcement procedures. For sure, there will be many violations and one hell of a lot of unhappy smokers.-JD

Duterte signs nationwide smoking ban into law

After months of apparent prevarication, President Duterte has signed an executive order banning smoking in public throughout the Philippines.
The ban, which could see persistent offenders jailed for four months and fined 5,000 pesos, covers both indoor and outdoor smoking — making it one of the most stringent anti-smoking laws in the world.
The new order announced today (Thursday, May 18) also absorbs existing bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship — which can see offenders jailed for three years, fined 400,000 pesos and have business permits revoked.
Over the past few months, we have reported on contradictory announcements about the timing of the ban. (Read more here and here.)
For many years, the president was himself a heavy smoker but gave up after he was diagnosed as suffering from Buerger’s disease, which can cause blockages in the blood vessels.
The new ban is based on the ordinance that then-Mayor Duterte slapped on Davao City in 2012.
Designated smoking areas not larger than 10-square-metres are permitted, but must be at least 10 metres from building entrances or exits. Police-led anti-smoking task forces will be created in towns and cities.
The ban also covers the use of electronic cigarettes.
There are about 17 million Filipino smokers, or nearly a third of the adult population, one of the highest rates in the region. Experts say the habit costs the economy nearly $4 billion in annual healthcare and productivity losses.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea described the ban, saying: “Public places means all places, fixed or mobile, that are accessible or open to the public or places for collective use, regardless of ownership or right to access, including but not limited to schools, workplaces, government facilities, establishments that provide food and drinks, accommodation, merchandise, professional services, entertainment or other services.
“It also includes outdoor spaces where facilities are available for public or where a crowd of people would gather, such as, but not limited to, playgrounds, sports grounds or centres, church grounds, health/hospital compounds, transportation terminals, markets, resorts, walkways/sidewalks, entrance ways, waiting areas and the like.”
All forms of public transport are also covered by the ban.
It remains to be seen how widely implemented the new order will be. In March, we reported how the president’s daughter Sara, the current Mayor of Davao City, was launching a “vice squad” to crackdown on her father’s anti-smoking ordinance, due to widespread breaches.

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Dental pt.4, Phillie’s Parking, Barrio Barretto

DENTAL PART 4 – I decided to add a new post about my dental drama.  Went today for a 4 PM appointment to have the final canal cleaned out.  Sure enough, in the middle of the job the brown out occurred again.  That is 3 times, BUT, surprise, they got the generator up and running and finished the job.  I left SMILE MAKEOVER with a big smile.  Only one appointment left to fill it in and put on the cap.  I hope I never have to suffer a root canal again.  What great patience Dr. Eileen had and her assistants as well.  (Dr Tan, no need to change)

NO PARKING – Everyone knows how difficult it is to try to get a parking space in front of Phillie’s Sports Grill and all of us living here were hoping that the CDC park area would eventually turned into a paid parking area.  That dream went out the window as the CDC police came and got rid of the squatters, cleaned up the area and then declared the place off limits.  I was informed that CDC will turn that whole area into a market.  No word on what kind of market yet.  There are so many areas in Angeles where parking at business establishments is difficult or non-existent?

BARRIO BARRETTO:  Driving to Subic is a pleasure due to the Expressway and the very short driving time.  It is also very convenient to drive through the Freeport Zone and then head to the popular entertainment spots in Barrio Barretto.  I have not been there this year but I have spoken to some lads here in Angeles City that have related as to how the prices for entertainment have become a bit expensive.  Like in Angeles City prices have risen over the years but what has changed as well is the attitude of many of the ladies and even some owners.  The Barrio is no exception as reviews reached me about bars such as Hot Zone, The Office and TRose places where the prices surprised those who had been customers for many years.  One bar mentioned, Mango’s was reported to have stable, easy to understand pricing.  This is not to be critical of these bars because times have changed and many Expats living here remember the old days but sometimes forget inflation and how much harder it is to make a Peso.  The surprise was in the differences in price for entertainment from bar to bar.  Isn’t that sort of similar to the principal of free marketing.  Shucks, shop around until you find a place with prices you can afford, or, simply go home and put on a movie and dream of the “Old Days”.

Posted by JimmyDHorse in Angeles City, Subic Bay Area, 0 comments