ILOILO CITY – The Department of Health is getting ready for the 100 percent mandatory implementation of the Graphic Health Warning in the Philippines starting November 4, 2016 that calls for plain packaging of tobacco products.
DOH Assistant Regional Director Ma Paz Corrales said that plain packaging refers to measures that restrict or prohibit the use of logos, colours, brand images or promotional information on packaging other than brand names and product names displayed in a standard colour and font style.
Plain or standardized packaging is an important demand reduction measure that reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restrict use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labeling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings.
The World No tobacco Day is celebrated May 31 and every year, the World Health Organization and partners mark the day to highlight the risks associated with tobacco use a advocated for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.
This year’s celebration theme is “Get Ready for Plain Packaging” and WHO and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control are calling countries to get ready for plain packaging of tobacco products.
Corrales said the May 31 celebration focuses on the Red Orchid Awards 2015 in search for 100 percent smoke-free environment in government offices, hospitals and attached agencies and the local government units.
Each orchid nominee will receive either red, pink or white orchid plaque and judged based on comprehensive efforts to implement a tobacco-free environment using WHO’s MPOWER initiatives. MPOWER stands for Monitor tobacco control policies, Protect people from tobacco smoke, Offer to help to quit tobacco use, Warn against the dangers of tobacco, Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, and Raise taxes on tobacco.
The 26 regional Red Orchid awardees for 2015 are Passi City Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) as White Orchid Awardee for government offices category. Red Orchid awardees are the Iloilo City District Jail Female Dormitory, Philhealth Kalibo, Aklan, Philhealth Passi City, BJMP Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, PhilHealth San Jose, Antique, Philhealth Bacolod City, Philhealth Kabankalan, BJMP Victorias City, BJMP-Western Visayas regional office, Philhealth Sara, Philhealth Roxas City, Capiz, and Philhealth Sagay City.
Hall of Fame Awardees are BJMP Bago City and Philhealth regional office 6. For the government hospitals category, the Valladolid district Hospital in Valladolid, Negros Occidental was given a special certificate of participation.
The regional Red Orchid Awardees are the Mambusao District Hospital in Capiz, Dr. Rafael Tumbokon Memorial Hospital in Aklan, Camp Macario Peralta Military Station Hospital in Jamindan, Capiz, Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Memorial Hospital in Negros Occidental, and the Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City.
For the local government unit category, the awardees are Ibajay, Aklan, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental and Buruanga, Aklan. The Hall of Fame awardees are Sta Barbara and New Lucena in the province of Iloilo. (LCP/Sunnex)