By Charissa Luci-Atienza
A House leader wants to prohibit spitting in public nationwide, citing that it is “highly unhygienic and risky.”
Quezon City Rep. Winnie Castelo, chairman of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development, said spitting in public should effectively be outlawed.
“Spitting has been identified as a factor in the spread of tuberculosis. Recent study shows that the number of deaths due to TB stands at an average of 75 Filipinos every day, ” he said.
Castelo also noted that, in the Philippines, only Davao has effectively implemented an anti-spitting law, which has been in force since 2010.
“Empirical data reveal that a number of people are in the habit of spitting in public places. This unsanitary practice has to stop. Allowing this practice to go unchecked puts the health of our countrymen at great risk,” he said.
The proposed National Spitting Act or House Bill 6637 seeks to ban and penalize a person found spitting while inside or outside any public place.
The bill provides that the appropriate penalties for such violation shall be prescribed by the Department of Health (DoH).
The DOH is tasked to issue the implementing rules and regulations of the proposed Act.