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