Revelers caught littering, smoking, urinating in public to face fines, warns CCENRO

OFFICIALS of the Cebu City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CCENRO) warned those who plan to visit the city during this year’s Sinulog Festival that they could face hefty fines if they are caught littering, smoking and urinating in public places.

Engr. Arleigh Gesta, CCENRO head, told SunStar Cebu on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, that they will be deploying deputized personnel to apprehend and issue citation tickets to revelers who are caught violating the City’s anti-littering and anti-smoking ordinances.

Under City Ordinance (CO) 2241, or the Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance of the City of Cebu, anyone caught smoking in public areas such as sidewalks will be fined P2,000 for the first offense, P3,000 for the second offense and P4,000 or imprisonment of not less than six months for the third offense.

CO 1361 penalizes those who are caught littering with fines ranging between P500 and P2,000 or they render a four-hour community service.

The implementation of these ordinances will also be carried out by the City’s Environmental and Sanitation Team.

Gesta said the upcoming festival is a big challenge for the City, especially in trying to mitigate the amount of garbage that can be collected after the festivities.

The CCENRO will be installing an ample amount of garbage receptacles along the grand parade route and other venues to encourage the public to throw their waste properly.

The Sinulog Foundation Inc. is anticipating around two million spectators to join this year’s festival.

With the expected huge number of spectators, Gesta acknowledged that it will be difficult for their personnel to properly implement environmental laws.

During the 2020 Sinulog, the City’s Department of Public Services collected 130 tons of garbage from the parade route and other areas a day after the celebrations.

Gesta said they will also put up signs in conspicuous areas to remind the public about proper garbage disposal and sanitation amid the celebration.

He also reminded foreign and local tourists who will be joining the festivities to follow the city’s ordinances when it comes to observing cleanliness.