President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign the Nationwide Smoking Ban Executive Order (EO) today Tuesday, March 7 2016.
According to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, the President has expressed his intention for the said EO to be signed.
“The President said he will sign it tomorrow,” Piñol said during the 13th Cabinet meeting, Monday afternoon.
“He (Duterte) told Secretary Ubial to stick to the draft EO which DOH prepared,” Piñol added.
A draft of the EO for the nationwide smoking ban which is based on the same one implemented in Davao City was submitted last October, 2016.
The said EO was supposed to be signed by the President last year but Ubial admitted that the first draft they submitted to the Office of the Executive Secretary ‘got lost’.
The implementation of the EO means that cigarette smoking is set to be prohibited in all public places in the country much like what is being implemented in Davao City.