Sunday, 30 October 2011 15:58
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has started putting up cigarette bins along major thoroughfares where people are allowed to smoke.
In line with the Tobacco Regulation Act, the bins will be placed strategically at designated areas not covered by the absolute smoking ban.
Since smoking is prohibited on waiting sheds, smokers must go to the nearest cigarette bin about ten meters away from the loading and unloading bays, said MMDA chair Francis Tolentino in a statement Thursday.
The MMDA chief also appealed to the public not to move, dislodge or throw any other kind of trash into the bin, which is made up of a 55-gallon drum cut in half and filled with sand.
Along EDSA, 29 bins will be placed in Baclaran, Pasay, Magallanes, Ayala, Buendia, Estrella, Guadalupe, Megamall, Santolan, Cubao, Kamuning, Quezon Avenue, Oliveros, Muñoz and Monumento while 13 will be put up along Commonwealth Avenue particularly in Philcoa, UP University Avenue, Ever Gotesco, IBP Road, St. Peter’s Church, Ayala Technohub, Central Avenue and Don Antonio.
The agency’s Health, Public Safety and Environmental Protection Office will ensure that cleanliness is maintained at the designated smoking areas, the statement said.
Aside from waiting sheds, other public places covered by the smoking ban are schools, hospitals, airports, restaurants, elevators and stairwells, among others. (Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom)
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