The project’s name can mean two things: One, that the school is on a fight (LA BAN) against tobacco. And two, that this fight is won through the School’s bans (eskweLA BAN) on tobacco.

In a gist, this is what the project is about: The strict implementation of the school’s bans contained in DepEd Order no. 48, s. 2016, or the Policy and Guidelines on Comprehensive Tobacco Control is our strong declaration of the school’s fight against tobacco.


Help schools win their fight against tobacco by building their capacity to implement the following tobacco control policies and bans, contained in the Policy and Guidelines on Comprehensive Tobacco Control:

Bans on Smoking

1. Absolute smoking ban in schools and DepEd offices

2. Prohibition on establishing or allowing smoking areas within ten meters of entrances and exits of such premises

Bans on Selling

2. Access restrictions or the ban on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to minors and in and within the 100-meter perimeter of the premises of schools

3. Outdoor advertising ban

4. Sampling restrictions

5. Ban on promotional items for minors

Bans on Sponsorships

6. Tobacco sponsorship bans

7. Protection against tobacco industry interference measures

In partnership with the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, the Department of Education is conducting a series of activities to strengthen the implementation of the Policy and Guidelines on Comprehensive Tobacco Control.

The project which started in January 2015 involves pilot-testing of the aforementioned activities in 262 schools in the cities of Makati and Pasig, and the provinces of Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, and Batangas. The same activities will be rolled-out to schools nationwide, post-project implementation.