DOH (Department of Health) Assistant Secretary supposes that anti-spitting bill is not going to be effective and enforceable even if intentions are good.
Dr. Eric Tayag said in a text message that current science does not put anti-spitting having a significant impact on preventing spread of different diseases because the germs contained in spit generally die outside the body.
The House Bill 5901 also known as Anti-spitting Act of 2011, proposed by AVE (Alliance of Volunteer) party-list Representative Eulogio Magsaysay is an act that prohibits the spitting of saliva and other substances in public areas such as the malls, schools, churches, sidewalks and other public areas.
The said bill proposes a fine of P500 for first offense, P1,000 for the second offense, and P2,000 for the third offense to anyone caught violating rules or may face a jail term of six months.
Tayag said that we should just encourage people not to spit in public.
“Anti-Spiting is not going to work unless somebody catches the spit, then nothing spreads,” he added.