Ordinance No. 6, Series of 2015 Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of General Santos City

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Since it was officially launched in August 2015,  Ordinance No. 6 Series of 2015 , otherwise known as the Anti -Smoking Ordinance of General Santos City, it has already gained positive feed backs from the residents of the City especially the non-smokers. However, some residents felt that the ordinance lacked "Fangs" as people are still seen puffing like dragons openly in public.

Well, I think the scenario is about to change as Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera has ordered for the strict implementation of the ordinance. Currently, the office of the City Mayor is conducting a series of meetings with different stakeholders to present the  Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance and to enjoin every General in this effort to clean the air of Gensan for the future generation. The administration has high hopes of replicating the success the same kind of ordinance has reaped following its successful implementation in the City of Davao.

The Anti-Smoking Ordinance will apply to ALL constituents of General Santos City as well as transients and visitors regardless of age.The following acts shall be prohibited:
  1.  Smoking any tobacco product or using electronic device system, shisha, and the like in all forms of public conveyances, accommodation and entertainment establishments, public offices and buildings, school campuses both public and private, enclosed or partially enclosed places, public outdoor spaces, workplaces and government–owned vehicles except in the duly designated smoking areas within the territorial jurisdiction of General Santos City;
  2. Permitting, abetting, tolerating or knowingly allowing smoking in the restricted areas enumerated in Section 4.a of this ordinance;
  3. Obstruction or refusal to allow the entry of any member of the Anti-Smoking Task Force or its duly deputized enforcers into places mentioned in Section 4.a of this Ordinance;
  4. Failure to comply with the mandatory duties and obligations as enumerated in Section 5 as well as any other provision of this Ordinance;
  5. Selling of any tobacco product or electronic device system, shisha and the like to minors or buying cigarettes or any tobacco products or electronic devices;
  6. Tobacco advertisements in cinema houses where persons of minor age are permitted admission;
  7. Engaging minors in the promotion or advertisement of any tobacco product and an errand to buy any tobacco products;
  8. Selling and smoking of cigarette and other tobacco products inside or within 10 meters from the perimeter of the school campus are absolutely prohibited.
An Anti-Smoking Task Force has been created for the advocacy, implementation, monitoring and enforcement of this Ordinance, so don't be surprised if you get apprehended while you are slowly killing yourself.
Those who want to put the ordinance  to a test will face a fine of PhP 1, 000- PhP3, 000 or 1-3 month imprisonment or both, depending on the court. Business establishments violating the ordinance could be fined from PhP2, 000-PhP5, 000 and could face cancellation of their business permits. Not only will you be made to pay for the penalty, you will also have to submit yourself for a SMOKING CESSATION COUNSELING in accredited clinics and present a smoking cessation counseling certificate thereafter. Spell Hassle!

But, for those who STILL want to ENJOY the benefits of smoking and are working for a smoker's body as shown below, you can drive yourself home or find smoking areas as designated by the Anti-Smoking Task Force. By the way, smoking INSIDE your car is also prohibited unless you are parked within the designated smoking area.

Designated smoking areas in commercial and business establishments must be located in an OPEN-SPACE with no permanent or temporary roof or walls in an outdoor area 10 meters away from the entrances or exits. So if you really wanna puff without being issued a citation ticket, go ahead and sweat in out under the sweltering heat of the sun.

Statistical findings show that thousands of Filipinos smoking and inhaling secondary smoke have died of lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other smoking-related diseases. My dad, succumbed to Emphysema at the age of 58.He was a heavy smoker. Good thing my husband decided more than a year ago to finally drop the stick.


There's More to Enjoy with PayMaya: Netflix is Here!

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Enjoy Netflix now with PayMaya

It is almost a universal truth that watching movies and TV shows is a common pastime for Filipinos. With the recent release of Netflix to more than 130 new countries around the world, including the Philippines, Filipinos can now enjoy streaming thousands of popular movies and TV shows from Netflix such as the Batman Trilogy or How to Get Away with Murder on their devices - even without a credit card, thanks to the leading digital payments app PayMaya.

Watch unlimited movies & TV shows on Netflix
Netflix is an internet TV service that lets you instantly watch unlimited movies and TV show episodes, including original series, documentaries, and feature films,  anytime, anywhere, over almost any Internet-connected device without commercials. As per their announcement, there are three plans available, with the minimum at P370 for the Basic Plan, P460 for the Standard Plan and P550 for the Premium Plan. 

Subscribers get 1 free month to try the ultimate binge watching experience and can cancel their subscription anytime. Payments for subscriptions however, can only be made through credit card or PayPal. So for the movie buffs and tv show aficionados who don’t have their own credit card or a PayPal account, this is where you can use PayMaya.

Subscribe to Netflix without a credit card
Developed by PayMaya Philippines (formerly Smart eMoney, Inc.), the digital financial services unit of PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), PayMaya is an online payment app that generates your own instant virtual prepaid Visa on the app which you can then use to subscribe to Netflix. 

All you have to do is to go to the Google Play Store or App Store, download the PayMaya mobile app, and register with any mobile number. Once you have a PayMaya account, you’ll see your own virtual Visa on the app which contains your card number, security code or CVV, and the expiration date--all the details you need for making online payments. 

Before you can use your PayMaya account, you must first load it up at PayMaya Load-Up Centers at 7-Eleven Cliqq kiosks, SM Business Centers, and Robinson’s Business Centers. Once you have reloaded your PayMaya account with funds, you can then go ahead and use it to pay for your Netflix subscription. As PayMaya is a prepaid Visa card, Netflix will just deduct a minimum amount equivalent to one month subscription to validate your payment account. PayMaya can be used for recurrent payments such as Netflix, just be sure to reload your account in time for the next billing period.

"With PayMaya, we're opening the doors to the digital life to Filipinos who don't have credit cards by enabling access to services such as Netflix," said Paolo Azzola, co-Chief Operating Officer at PayMaya Philippines.

Don’t miss out on the fun
Movies and TV shows are a common bonding point between people. Whether it’s meeting someone new, catching up with old friends, or bonding with the people you love, the stories you watch will always be something you can talk about. It’s also an inexpensive but a guaranteed fun way to get together. 

So whether you get comfortable on your own with a series and some snacks or invite friends over for dinner and a movie marathon, Netflix will bring your entertainment to the next level - all with the help of your PayMaya account. To learn more about why PayMaya is now the leading digital payments mobile app in the Philippines and how you can enjoy it , visit www.paymaya.com.

A SmartPhone and a Hot Deal from Smart and MyPhone, all for P888!

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I have been thinking of getting my youngest son a new phone since its been ages since his last one died on  him. I've already swept the gadget section of the malls over the holidays but i just cant seem to find something that wouldn't hurt the wallet and not sacrifice the performance.

Luckily, SMART came out with  a good news shortly after the new year announcing their partnership with MyPhone, offering the most affordable SmartPhone bundle that comes with the hottest deal at the price point. Kewl! For only P888, Smart's  Prepaid segment  gives you a  brand new MyPhone My28  Smartphone (which regularly sells at P1999) with Smart Prepaid SIM loaded with special freebies!That is more that half the price of its SRP! Now that is what I call a COOL GIFT!

The awesome MyPhone my28 comes packed with features , check out its specs sheet here: 

4-inch WVGA display @ 800 x 480 px, 233ppi
1.2GHz Quad-Core Spreadtrum SC7731
8GB internal storage
expandable via microSD up to 32GB
5MP rear camera with LED Flash
2MP front camera with LED Flash
Dual SIM, Dual Standby
FM Radio
Android 5.1 Lollipop

1450mAh battery

Oh, and because it's from SMART, it comes bundled with EXTRAS too! You get 100MB of free data every month for the whole year, P30/moth of load rebates for every accumulated top-up of P100/ month (that goes for a year, too) and your SMART Sim comes pre-loaded with apps to entertain you like iflix and spinnr.

Now, I am really excited with this gift idea! I am buying the idea! Nah, I am getting the son this smartphone bundle! Now na! By the way, if you dont have the time to head on to the nearest Smart office in your location, you can just make your hand do the buying! Just visit their online store and place your order . I just did! (But the oldest son is paying! Yey!) Delivery takes 5-10 days depending on your location.