DepEd Order No. 48, s. 2016, or the Policy and Guidelines on Comprehensive Tobacco Control

 

The project EskweLA BAN sa Sigarilyo aims to build the capacity of the Department of Education to implement DepEd Order no. 48, s. 2016, or the Policy and Guidelines on Comprehensive Tobacco Control.

For over a period of more than two decades, the Department of Education has already released a series of issuances on tobacco use and related concerns. The Department Order put together all these issuances to ensure the strict implementation of these tobacco control policies.

The Department Order aims to ensure the effective implementation of a cohesive and comprehensive tobacco control program to promote a healthy environment in and around schools and DepEd offices. Specifically, the Department Order facilitates the enforcement of the following policies:

  1. Absolute smoking bans in schools and DepEd offices;
  2. Ban on the sale of tobacco products in and within the 100-meter perimeter of schools and the prohibition to sell or distribute tobacco products to minors anywhere;
  3. Ban on tobacco advertising within the 100-meter perimeter of schools;
  4. Ban on promotional items for minors;
  5. Prohibition on the distribution of samples of tobacco products to minors;
  6. Ban on tobacco sponsorships of any school activity;
  7. Prohibition on public officials against receiving any form of contribution directly or indirectly from the tobacco industry;
  8. Protection against tobacco industry interference, through measures such as reporting interactions with the tobacco industry, disclosing interests in the tobacco industry, and refusing or rejecting any offers or contributions from the tobacco industry.

Effective October 18, 2016, the Department Order has institutionalized the following strategies to support of the implementation of the aforementioned policies:

  1. Information, education, and communication;
  2. Cessation interventions;
  3. Collaborations, partnerships, and linkages;
  4. Capacity building of school officials, personnel and students; and
  5. Monitoring and reporting.

The Department Order covers public and private schools, as well as school heads and management except where provisions are applicable only to public officials. It also applies to all DepEd officials.