Aside from going after smokers, ICASTis also targeting establishments that allow smoking in their premises. Fifteenhave so far been apprehended, said Garingalao. Since Jan. 2 600 people have beencaught violating the city’s antismoking ordinance. They were penalized withfines, according to Garingalao. For erring (selling cigarettes)individual or business establishments with a capital below P5,000, a fine ofP1,000 would be imposed for the first violation; P2,000 for the secondviolation; and P5,000 for the third offense or imprisonment for a period notexceeding five days or both at the discretion of the court./PN Meanwhile, erring establishments orbusiness facilities face a fine of P5,000 for the first offense; one monthsuspension of business permit for the second violation; and revocation ofbusiness permit for the third violation. ILOILO City – “The festival is not anexcuse to smoke. Leave your smoking paraphernalia at home and enjoy theDinagyang fully.” The antismoking ordinance also coversvaping. The food fest opened yesterday. Better heed this advice of Iloilo CityAntismoking Task Force (ICAST) director Iñigo Garingalao. Or get arrested. There won’t be a let-up in thecampaign, even during the Dinagyang Festival, he declared. ICAST will also be checking theIlonggo Food Festival downtown for smokers, said Garingalao. A few minors were arrested for smokingsince Jan. 2 unlike in 2019, according to Garingalao. He attributed this to theproactive campaign schools against smoking. Even foreign tourists won’t be sparedfrom ICAST’s operation, he stressed, as the city braces for an influx ofvisitors for the Dinagyang Festival, the highlight of which is on Sunday, the ati tribes competition. Twenty-three of the 28 organic membersof ICAST are being mobilized to enforce the antismoking ordinance. They aresupported by policemen. During last year’s Dinagyang, ICASTwas able to issue citation tickets to around 200 smokers, said Garingalao. The city’s antismoking czar also said,“We continue our information dissemination on the antismoking ordinance throughtraditional media as well as social media” such as in schools. Under the antismoking ordinance,citation tickets would be issued to violators and a fine of P1,000 would beimposed and/or three days imprisonment at the discretion of the court for thefirst offense; P1,500 fine and/or five days imprisonment for the secondviolation; and P5,000 and/or 10 days imprisonment at the discretion of thecourt for the third and succeeding violations.