Camiguin health workers start legwork on smoke ban
by Jorie C. Valcorza
Cagayan de Oro City (11 November) -- Though year end is fast approaching, health workers are still in hands full on the new anti-smoking campaign.
The Camiguin Provincial Government is working closely with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance, Philippines (FCAP) as it moves to strictly implement the smoking ban in any public places, public buildings or public utility vehicles in the province. This initiative is anchored to the fact that smoking is dangerous and it really kills!
The new anti-smoking campaign was able to achieve necessary legislation support from the local chief executive and Sangguniang Panlalawigan members for the review and amendment of the existing provincial ordinance on tobacco control and for the formulation of the Implementing Rules and Regulations.
To ensure participation from the society, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) established linkages from other government agencies, NGO's, religious organizations and from the private sector to assists them in achieving the vision of a smoke free island.
PHO has also conducted capacity building training to the members of the newly created provincial anti-smoking task force. The same training will likewise be extended to the public. PHO said they have scheduled to conduct health education campaign to all high school institutions in the province.
Drumming up its advocacy, PHO, on the other hand, has started distributing information materials in the form of stickers, leaflets, streamers and posting tarpaulin billboards in strategic areas.
After every detail of the control measures will be in placed, health workers will soon conduct surprise inspections to monitor compliance/violation of the ordinance. (PIA-10) [top]