Philippines is the first Asian country to require its foreign missions to apply FCTC Article 5.3

Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs: Philippines is the first Asian country to require its foreign missions to apply FCTC Article 5.3. Offices, Foreign Service Posts and Regional Consular Offices are instructed to comply with the provisions and guidelines set forth in attached CSC-DOH Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2010-01 on the Protection of the Bureaucracy Against Tobacco Industry Interference.

The document establishes strict guidelines on matters pertaining to dealings both directly and indirectly with the Tobacco Industry, such as, but not limited to: (a) unnecessary interaction; (b) preferential treatment; (c) accepting gifts, donations, and sponsorships; (d) financial interests; (e) analogous favors extended family members; (f) conflict of interest; and, (g) engagement in occupational activities.

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