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Maasin City kicks off celebration of World Health Day 2010

By RG Cadavos

Maasin City, Southern Leyte (18 February) -- As a response to the call of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH) to join the Year of Urban Health, the City of Maasin started celebrating the World Health Day 2010.

"The City of Maasin joins the world today as we commend the Year of Urban Health and the World Health Day, we connected the world and express our advocacies of care, our commitment and passion for a healthy city and people," a statement from the city government said during the Hataw performance that started on the last week of January, this year, to kick off the worldwide celebration set on April 7, 2010.

The celebration concerning different health activities is a sustainable undertaking of the city government to be held one hour in the afternoon every Friday such as Hataw or exercises, Biking, Taekwando, including medical services attended by different agencies like the Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, Philippine Army, teachers, youths, and the city hall employees, while the general public were also encouraged to participate.

As the World Health Day 2010 started in Maasin City led by Mayor Maloney Samaco and the city officials, the mayor disclosed that the Espina Boulevard will be closed every Sunday throughout the year to give the people a time to feel a "smoke and traffic-free" area as they enjoy the beach at the back of the city hall grounds.

The undertaking is also a call from the World Health Organization urging all cities worldwide to open up portions of streets to the people to promote health activities for one day during the world health day. (PIA-soleyte) [top]

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