Anti-spitting ordinance gets supports from the Davaoenos

August 27, 2009 11:45 am 

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 27 – An ordinance on anti-spitting passed by city councilors here early this week gained support from many Davaoenos.

City Councilor Samuel B. Bangoy, author of the city ordinance, said the measure is timely because of the A(H1N1) pandemic, tuberculosis (TB) or other diseases that can be transmitted through one’s saliva.

Bangoy said the measure prohibiting spitting in public places and providing penalties for violators are stated in Section 3 of ordinance. “No person shall carelessly spit saliva in public.”

“Violators would be fined P100 for the fist offense, P200 for the second offense and P300 for the third offense. And, in case of insolvency, the court may grant a subsidiary imprisonment of not more than six months; or at its discretion, may slap both fine and imprisonment,” Bangoy said.

He said the ordinance will be submitted to office of Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte for approval.

Bangoy further said the ordinance emphasized if a person needs to spit, he or she can use a handkerchief, a napkin or just look for a proper place such as a trash bin.

In its advisory to control the spread of A(H1N1) in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) asked the public to refrain from spitting anywhere since the bacteria is transmitted through droplets of saliva.

Abdurrahman Caderao, who works in one of the Islam centers in the city, recognized the benefits of the ordinance but doubts whether it will work judging from the implementation of the smoking ordinance which has largely been hit and miss.

“If they want to implement such ordinance, they should be strict,” he said.

Jocelyn Acebes, a burger vendor along Ponciano Reyes Street, agreed with the need to come up with the ordinance but the government could not just change traditions and practices “in a blink of an eye.”

She said prevention is still better than cure.

Fely Carbonilla, owner of one of eateries near Davao City Overland Transport Terminal here, said she is happy that the city will implement such ordinance.

“For me, I want the ordinance to be enforced immediately, especially in our business where people from all places in Mindanao and even outside Mindanao are coming in the city. It is unsanitary for somebody spitting anywhere,” she said. (PNA) FFC/jca/ASA/lvp

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