Red Orchid awards 16 offices in Cordillera

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Sunday, June 22, 2014


SOME 16 government offices and hospitals from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) bagged recognition in the 2014 DOH Red Orchid Zonal Awarding held in the Summer Capital June 18.

The Red Orchid Awards recognizes local government units, public or private hospitals and other government agencies in Luzon committed in pursuing efforts towards a smoke free environment.

Among the 22 Hall of Famers were the Commission on Population-CAR, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Mayoyao District Hospital and Barlig District Hospital.

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Some 14 local government units, government offices and government hospitals also got the Red Orchid award namely Hungduan, Ifugao LGU; Mayoyao, Ifugao LGU; Sablan, Benguet LGU; Lamut, Ifugao LGU; Provincial Health Office of Benguet; Far North Luzon General Hospital and Training Center; Panopdopan District Hospital in Ifugao; Aguinaldo People’s Hospital; Hungduan Municipal Hospital; Kapangan Medicare Community Hospital; Potia District Hospital; Atok District Hospital; Dennis Molintas Municipal Hospital; and Abatan Emergency Hospital.

Meanwhile, the local government of Baguio was also awarded a Pink Orchid award.

OIC and city health officer Rowena Galpo explained the city was not able to bag the Red Orchid award because there was a lack of implementation of the city’s no smoking ordinance and there were still establishments with cigarette advertisements.

However, she added the Pink Orchid award was a good start for Baguio City.

OIC-Director III of DOH-CAR Dr. Amelita Pangilinan attributed the achievement of CAR in the Red Orchid Awards to the cooperation of LGUs, government offices and hospitals to the DOH.

"Nakikita nila ang value ng pagiging smoke free," she said adding a smoke free community leads to lesser respiratory cases and other health diseases.

She ended having non-smoker leaders in the communities and hospitals also makes it easy for a community to enforce no smoking ordinances and policies for they serve as good examples to their inferiors.

The DOH-CAR is continuously coordinating with local LGUs, government agencies and hospitals in promoting a healthy lifestyle and environment free from tobacco smoke.

The Red Orchid Awards Committee reported more and more provinces, municipalities, cities, workplaces and health facilities are making great strides in enforcing measures to protect public from the hazards of tobacco smoke and wanting to be 100 percent Smoke Free Environment.

The red orchid was first used by the World Health Organization during the World No Tobacco Day in 2001 as a symbol of a world free from tobacco and as a reminder the campaign to end tobacco use is far from over.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 23, 2014.

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