- The Department of Education adopted a policy to prohibit TI contributions (so-called CSR of TI) in public schools and warned those reported to have received TI CSR indirectly.
- The Department of Health introduced a more stringent version of the JMC that applies to all agencies and personnel in the agency.
- When a multinational tobacco company approached the Bureau of Customs to be a “partner” in curbing illicit trade, the government agency sought advice from the CSC and was informed that it would violate the JMC if it pursues this partnership.
- The Department of Labor and Employment, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Bureau of Internal Revenue, and the Metro Manila Development Authority have issued their respective regulations consistent with the JMC.
JMC in a Nutshell
1. Consistent with the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and the FCTC, all public officials shall:
- Not interact with the tobacco industry (TI) unless strictly necessary for its regulation;
- Make all “necessary” interactions public and transparent;
- Not receive any form of direct or indirect contribution from TI;
- Not receive any form of direct or indirect contribution from TI; and,
- Disclose interests in the TI.
2. Violations of JMC are subject of administrative proceedings.
3. Heads of agencies must include implementation of the JMC in their annual agency reports.