Ifugao town uses ‘Moma’ ordinance fines for environmental protection

ALFONSO LISTA, Ifugao, Oct. 18 (PIA) -- This corn-producing municipality has a new source of funds for environmental protection that will benefit the community.


Recently, the local government unit (LGU) has started strictly implementing the “Moma” ordinance wherein the proceeds of fines shall accrue to the trust fund of the municipality for the maintenance of a clear and green environment.

“Moma” is combination of betel nut, “hapid” (a particular leaf of a vine), “apul” (fine crushed shell) and tabacco leaves chewed together and produces colored substance when spit out.

The ordinance prohibits the spitting of “moma” within the perimeters of public offices, market, recreation areas and business establishments within the municipality.

Any person found guilty of violating the “Moma” ordinance shall be penalized with P200 or one day community service for the first offense; P300 or two days community service for the second offense and P500 or three days community service for the third and subsequent offenses.

Every offender shall be given citation tickets for every violation and shall serve as notice to the violation. The violator will be allowed to immediately clean the spitted “moma” otherwise he/she will pay the corresponding penalty.

An anti-spitting of “Moma” task force under the Office of the Mayor was formed for the effective implementation of the ordinance. Public officials of the affected areas are also tasked to implement the ordinance.Marcelo Lihgawon (JDP/MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao)

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