PASIG CITY, May 27, 2017 – Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones lauded the signing of Executive Order (EO) No. 26, which provides for the establishment of smoke-free environments in public and enclosed places.

“The Executive Order will sustain the gains of DepEd in its implementation of its own comprehensive tobacco control policy, which has been in place even before the EO was signed,” Briones said.

Last year, the Department issued DepEd Order (DO) No. 48, s. 2016, or the Policy and Guidelines on Comprehensive Tobacco Control, which put together the series of issuances on tobacco use and related concerns that the Department has released for over a period of more than two decades.

It is indicated in the EO 26 that nothing in the order shall compel persons-in-charge to establish designated smoking areas (DSAs) nor prevent them from instituting more stringent measures in their buildings to better ensure a smoke-free environment in their premises. DepEd, through DO 48, prohibits the establishment of DSAs not only in schools, as mandated by the law, but in all DepEd offices.