Davao City’s Vices Regulation Unit (VRU) collected a total of P8.5 million in fines and penalties imposed from violators of the Anti-Smoking Ordinance, Sobriety Ordinance and Liquor Ban in 2020.
The biggest slice of the collection came from anti-smoking ordinance amounting to P6.6 million as reported on Friday, Jan. 29 by the city government.
Next was the collection on liquor ban reaching P1.8 million, followed by P49,481.25 from fines in violating sobriety ordinance and P25,000 from certification fee for Designated Smoking Area and Permit to sell.
The 2020 collection was slightly lower as compared with the 2019 collection totaling P8.6 million, it said.
“The decrease is attributed to the enforcement of the community quarantine due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic,” the city government said.
To date, Davao City imposes a fine of P1,000 for individuals who violate the anti-smoking ordinance, while a P5,000 fine is imposed on establishments which violate the same.
Aside from arresting violators, the VRU also offers medical intervention to help people quit smoking through smoking cessation counselling and Nicotine Replacement Therapy.