By Charina Clarisse Echaluce
The nationwide smoking ban in the country will be implemented starting July 23, 2017 and not July 15, 2017, the Department of Health (DOH) clarified on Friday.
Health Spokesperson Eric Tayag explained that the Executive Order (EO) 26, signed by President Duterte, will take effect 60 days after its publication in major publications.
“July 23, kasi when we checked, it was published May 24. The effectivity of the EO is 60 days after publication not after signing,” Tayag clarified.
Tayag was earlier quoted as saying that that implementation will start on July 15, 2017.
With the EO to take effect soon, the public as well as different establishments were advised to implement the EO starting on the aforementioned date – or risk being among the first offenders to be penalized.