Pagpapatupad ng Anti-Smoking Law sa China, malaking hamon sa pamahalaan

admin   •   August 28, 2013   •   6487

A man smokes next to a "No Smoking" sign in Shanghai. China is the largest consumer of tobacco. Photo: Reuters

A man smokes next to a “No Smoking” sign in Shanghai. China is the largest consumer of tobacco. Photo: Reuters

SHANGHAI, China – Sinimulan nang ipatupad ang Anti-Smoking Law sa China alinsunod sa kampanya ng World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Ngunit ayon kay dating Health Minister Huang Jiefu, walang ngipin ang naturang batas dahil mismong ang mga tagapagpatupad nito ang lumalabag.

Ang mga naging prime minister ng bansa na sina Mao Zedong at Deng Xiaoping ay kilalang mga heavy smoker.

Samantalang ang kasalukuyang premier na Si Xie Jinping ay naging kontrobersiyal pa sa kaniyang research na naglalaman ng pamamaraan kung paano umano mababawasan ang masamang epekto ng tar kapag naninigarilyo.

Nangunguna ang bansang China sa talaan ng pinakamaraming active smokers sa mundo.

Ayon sa survey, umaabot sa 300 million Chinese ang naninigarilyo at karamihan sa mga ito ay mga lalake.

Ang mga kababayan nating Pilipino, dismayado rin sa dagdag na polusyon at walang disiplinang paninigarilyo sa China.

Ayon sa OFW na si Nick Awat, halos walang epekto ang bagong batas kaugnay sa paninigarilyo.

“Yong bagong batas ng paninigarilyo, ganun parin naman sila sigarilyo pa rin kahit saan, restaurant, elevator. tingin ko nga mas dumadami pa ang naninigarilyo kung saan saan lng sila nagsisigarilyo.”

Ayon naman kay Armando Gandela, “hangga’t maaari ay ipagbawal at ipatupad ang batas na kailangan madisiplina ang mga naninigarilyo.”

Samantala sa Shenzhen, China ay hinigpitan pa ang pagpapatupad Anti-Smoking Law.

Mula sa 20 RMB ay tumaas sa 500 RMB o P3,500 ang multa sa mahuhuling naninigarilyo sa mga lugar na ipinagbabawal.

Habang 30,000 RMB o P210,000 naman ang babayaran ng anumang kumpanya na nagtitinda o nagpapahintulot ng paninigarilyo sa mga non-smoking areas. (Dulce Alarcon / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

China’s Singles Day sales surpass $1 billion in 1st minute

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2019

Workers sort packages at the Yuqiao mail processing center on Singles’ Day, in Yangzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China, 11 November 2019. Singles’ Day is the largest online shopping festival in the world and Chinese consumers are expected to spend billions on bargains during the one-day e-commerce shopping spree. EPA-EFE/MENG DELONG CHINA OUT

SHANGHAI, China — China’s golden day for e-commerce, Singles Day, began at midnight (16.00 GMT Sunday) with sales surpassing $1 billion in just one minute through the platforms of online retail giant Alibaba Group.

At 12 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month, millions of Chinese began shopping and Alibaba began counting orders with the aim of breaking internet sales records for a single day.

In the first five minutes alone, products worth $4.3 billion were sold on platforms such as Taobao or T-Mall in this public shopping festival similar to Black Friday in the United States.

One hour after midnight, Alibaba Group said sales had reached over $12 billion.

The goal is to beat last year’s record of $30.8 billion in sales, a figure expected to be achieved through an increasing number of Chinese internet users and online shoppers.

According to Alibaba Group’s latest quarterly results published at the beginning of November, annual active consumers in China reached 693 million, 15.3 percent more than a year earlier.

Singles Day emerged in 2009 with the participation of only 27 stores and a collection of just 52 million yuan ($7.4 million).

Sales each year now reach 2.5 times higher than the total of Black Friday and Cyber Monday – large sales days in the US — combined.

Although most purchases are made in China, there are also international transactions since the company is present in other countries through its AliExpress platform.

And although other online sales platforms have joined the day, as well as thousands of physical stores, Alibaba is the main promoter.

It celebrates in style, such as with a televised gala in which artists and celebrities encourage people to buy.

Sunday’s show, which ended with a countdown to mark the beginning of shopping, was held in the city of Shanghai and featured performances by artists such as the US pop star Taylor Swift. EFE-EPA

BI arrests man wanted for investment scam in China

Robie de Guzman   •   November 4, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A Chinese national wanted for his alleged involvement in economic crimes in China has been arrested by the operatives of the Bureau of Immigration, the agency said Monday.

Chen long, alias Chen Chenglong was arrested last Oct. 30 in a building in Makati City, the bureau said in a statement.

Chen, 32, and his cohort were accused of setting up an unregistered investment company in Shandong province and “reportedly duped their victims more than 60 million RMB or more than P400 million.”

The BI said it launched an operation and case build-up after receiving information from Chinese authorities about Chen’s crimes.

“Upon receipt of the information, we immediately conducted a case build-up and determined his location to effect his arrest,” Bobby Raquepo, head of the BI’s Fugitive Search Unit said.

The bureau added that Chen’s passport has been canceled by the Chinese government, making him an undocumented alien.

Chen has been transferred to the BI Detention Center in Bicutan, Taguig pending the implementation of his deportation.

China donates P22 million for quake victims in Mindanao

Robie de Guzman   •   November 1, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Chinese government on Friday announced that it is donating 3 million RMB or around P22 million to the Philippine government to help victims of strong earthquakes in Mindanao this month.

In a statement, China, through its Embassy in Manila, expressed its deepest sympathies to families affected by the powerful tremors that rattled parts of Mindanao in the past few weeks.

China said its aid also aims to support the disaster relief efforts by the Philippine government in Mindanao and help local residents return to normal life.

“China believes that, under the strong leadership of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the government of the Philippines, the Philippine people will overcome the disaster and rebuild their homeland as soon as possible,” the Embassy said.

Earlier, Japan and the United States, through its Embassies in Manila, have sent their sympathies and condolences to victims of the latest disaster in Mindanao.

This month, three powerful earthquakes struck Tulunan, Cotabato; a magnitude 6.1 on Oct. 16, followed by a magnitude 6.6 on Oct. 29 and a magnitude 6.5 quake on Oct. 31.

The quakes have killed 17 individuals, and injured more than 300 others, according to the latest report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The temblors affected large parts of Mindanao, weakened structures and caused some buildings to collapse in the latest tremor.

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