Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Global groups cite Iloilo City’s anti-smoking campaigns

AN ELEVEN-MAN delegation of worldwide foundations is set to visit the metropolis to learn about Iloilo City Government’s best practices on anti-smoking campaigns and programs on February 15 to 16.

Bloomberg Philanthropies together with representatives from International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease or The Union, Southeast-Asia Tobacco Control Alliance, Tobacco Free Kids, Johns Hopkins University, and World Health Organization will arrive to see for themselves the city’s best practices.

“I have no idea what specific topic they would want to learn from us since this is the first time that they will personally come here, but they want to see how we implement the tobacco control in line with the WHO (World Health Organization) Framework Convention for Tobacco Control,” Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force (Icast) Director Iñigo Garingalao said.

Mayor Jose Espinosa III and Icast will be presenting the city’s regulation ordinances related to anti-smoking and enforcement.

They will also observe the Kids Smoke-free Storytelling Program in Lapuz district which is a lecture on anti-smoking to kindergarten children.

“The visit will be a good time for us to be known and let other local government units replicate our best practices. They might also fund for our programs,” Garingalao said.

Michael Bloomberg founded his charitable institution which focuses on initiatives in public health, environment, education, government innovation, and arts. It also offers funding and community services and focuses on tobacco control obesity prevention, road safety, and mental health. (PR)


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