Caesar Distrito

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Bacolod Ready to Enforce Smoking Ban with 2-Pronged Approach

Bacolod City Councilor Caesar Distrito said the city is implementing the Smoking Ban with two approaches to make it more effective.

Distrito said City Mayor Bing Leonardia had already issued an Executive Order convening the Bacolod Anti Smoking Taskforce.

The Taskforce is chaired by the Secretary to the Mayor Atty. Ed Cuansing representing the City Mayor, and co chaired by Coun. Caesar Distrito representing VM Elcid Familiaran.

‘Anti-smoking Team Doesn’t Collect Fine’

The public is being informed that considering the Bacolod Anti-Smoking Task Force Action Team has already started apprehending violators of the city’s anti-smoking campaign, but they are not authorized to collect fines.

“Only the City Treasurer Cashiers located at the old city hall, NGC, City Health compound, BCPO and BTAO are authorized to collect the fines, and no one else,” BASTF Co-chair and Coun. Caesar Distrito stressed out.

‘Selling Fake Cigarettes is Illegal in Bacolod City’ - Distrito

Councilor Caesar Distrito lauded the recent operation of the Bacolod City Police Office and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in confiscating several boxes and sacks of fake cigarettes in a factory located at Purok Riverside, Barangay Bata in which 14 minors were also rescued.

Distrito said that City Ordinance No. 09-16-784, series of 2016 or known as the “Anti-fake cigarette ordinance of Bacolod City” prohibits the sale, possession and distribution of non-compliant cigarette products in the City.

Sanggunian to Tackle New RPT Proposal

The Proposed Schedule of Market Values for RPT of the City of Bacolod has been endorsed to the Sangguniang Panlungsod recently by the City Assessor after it was published in local dailies.

The Proposal was endorsed by Mayor Evelio Leonardia after it was published in local dailies, and reviewed by the Regional Director of the Department of Finance.