When it comes to tobacco control in schools, here are some policies that schools should always remember.
1. DepEd Order No, 48, s. 2016, or the Policy and Guidelines on Comprehensive Tobacco Control
The comprehensive policy put together all the issuances on tobacco use and related concerns that the Department has issued for over a period of more than two decades. Among these policies are (1) the absolute smoking ban in schools and DepEd offices, (2) the ban on the sale and advertisement of tobacco products within the 100-meter perimeter of schools, and (3) the ban on receiving sponsorships from the tobacco industry.
The Department Order also specific strategies that will help schools in the effective implementation of the tobacco control measures. These strategies include: (1) information, education, and communication, (2) cessation interventions, (3) collaborations, partnerships and linkages, (4) capacity building, and (5) reporting and monitoring.
2. DepEd Order No. 48, s. 2006, or the Revised Rules of Procedure of the Department of Education in Administrative Cases
The Section on Violations of DO 48, s. 2016 specifically cites that DO 49, s.2006, or the Revised Rules of Procedure in Administrative Cases shall apply to all cases involving violations of tobacco control policies in the Department Order, where the offense was committed by DepEd personnel, without prejudice to the filing of criminal and civil actions under existing laws, rules, and regulations.
3. DepEd Order No. 40, s. 2012, or the DepEd Child Protection Policy
DO 48, s. 2016 specifically mandates the Child Protection Committee (CPC) to lead the implementation of the Department Order. The Department’s CPC was created through DepEd Order No. 40, s. 2012, or the DepEd Child Protection Policy. The CPC shall monitor compliance with and report violations of tobacco control policies.
4. CSC-DOH JMC 2010-01, or the Civil Service Commission-Department of Health Joint Memorandum Circular on the Protection of the Bureaucracy against Tobacco Industry Interference
One primary objective of DO 48, s. 2016 is to ensure strict implementation of policies on the protection against tobacco industry interference in the Department. These policies and protection measures are based on the CSC-DOH JMC 2010-01 . The Department Order adopts the definitions, prohibitions, and guidelines stipulated in the memorandum circular. Tobacco Industry Interference refers to the broad array of tactics and strategies utilized by the tobacco industry to influence or interfere with the setting and implementation of tobacco control policies
5. EO 26, s. 2017, Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-Free Environments in Public and Enclosed Places
The Executive Order signed by the President on May 16, 2017 and published on a national newspaper on May 24, 2017, will take effect on July 23, 2017. The Executive Order shall apply to all persons, whether resident or not, and in all places, found within the territorial jurisdiction of the Philippines. The EO enjoins local governments to form a local Smoke-Free Task Force, to whom school principals shall report violations on selling of cigarettes near schools.