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Maasin City nominates Mayor Samaco as Urban Health Champion: 1000 Cities, 1000 Lives Program

by RG Cadavos

Maasin City, Southern Leyte (18 February) -- The City of Maasin through the Health City Initiatives prepares Mayor Maloney Samaco as a nominee for the Urban Health Champion: 1,000 cities, 1000 lives campaign program.

The global movement which encourages to make all cities healthier is in preparation for the World Health Day 2010 to be celebrated on April 7-11, 2010 initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO). The campaign calls upon all cities worldwide to open up portions of streets to the people to promote health activities for one day during the week.

The Healthy City Initiatives led by City Planning and Development Officer Engr. Narciso Othelo Rich and the city officials, submitted a 5-minute video through You Tube to give details why Samaco was chosen as Urban Health Champion.

Samaco's profile and city's activities were featured in the you tube presentation. To name a few is the 13-point agenda consisting of market and business improvement, agriculture production, livelihood assistance, orderliness and peace promotion, nutrition and health services, education for the masses, youth development, sports excellence, anti-illegal drug campaign, mangrove and forest protection, advertisement for tourism, concreting and maintenance of roads and overall barangay development.

It also mentioned that when Samaco assumed the stewardship as the city mayor of Maasin last 2007, "he leads by example and thus energized and mobilized all the city officials and employees of Maasin to do what he calls simple service with no strings attached."

A sports minded, Mayor Samaco also enhanced the camaraderie among the colleges and organized the first Maasin Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MICAA), which hand-in-hand protects the people especially the young ones from the menace of drugs and had reactivated the Citizens Anti Drug Narcotics Unit (CANU) to effectively prevent the curse of drug addiction.

Maasin Healthy City Initiatives also enforced the "no smoking" campaign, one of the issues of PD #856 known as the Code of Sanitation of the Philippines. It prohibits smoking in public places and in order to have a clean city.

The mayor, who seeks reelection on the coming May 2010 polls also initiated an on-going healthy activities celebrating the World Health Day 2010 by closing the portion of Espina Boulevard on Sundays throughout the year to give the people a "smoke and traffic-free" road. A Hataw was also set every Friday afternoon for an hour, participated by city hall employees, students/pupils, the Phil Army, the Philippine National police, the Bureau of Fire Protection among others.

Moreover, to install the importance of discipline and care of the environment, Samaco advocated for scouting. He had produced 5 eagle scouts in Southern Leyte and he became the 1st Wood Badger, an award for scout leaders with the highest rank in Scouting throughout the province.

Maasin City through the Healthy City Initiatives and the city officials unanimously choose Mayor Maloney Samaco for the Urban Health Champion: 1000 cities, 1000 lives campaign program. (PIA-soleyte) [top]

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