Ordinance seeks to penalize sale of mothballs.
A city councilor has filed a measure that penalizes the sale of naphthalene balls in Quezon City.
In his proposed ordinance, fifth district councilor Karl Edgar Castelo said mothballs manufactured in the Philippines were removed from the European market as it poses risk due to the toxic nature of Naphthalene.
"Naphthalene, the active ingredient in mothballs, is actually a pesticide," Castelo said.
Castelo noted that if mothballs are used in the open, they can harm people, pets or other animals that may touch or eat the mothballs or breathe their vapors.
He expressed alarm that the mothballs which are used when storing clothes to repel moths, silverfish, and other insects are still widely available in the country despite health concerns in other European countries.
Once approved, the measure will impose penalties on people who will be caught selling mothballs in Quezon City.
Violators will be penalized with a fine of P1,000 on the first offense, P2,000 on the second offense, and P5,000 and up to six-month imprisonment on the third and succeeding offenses.
Businesses may also lose their business permits if caught selling mothballs.
The proposed ordinance mandates the Quezon City Health Department to implement the measure once approved by the city council and enacted into law by Mayor Herbert Bautista.