LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 21 (PIA) -- The Smoke-Free ordinance of this town went full blast January last year with series of activities in strengthening the campaign.
The valley’s local government continuously engages in anti-smoking advocacy campaign this year through volunteer art painting works and anti-smoking reminders along waiting sheds and production of jingle as constant reminders to the public of their support and cooperation to the program.
Dr. Genevieve Degay of the Municipal Health Services Office and co-vice chairperson of the Municipal Tobacco Control Board (MTCB) said they wrote high school and college institutions asking for students who would like to volunteer in the painting of waiting sheds. The LGU provided the painting materials.
Among the participating schools were the Benguet National High School, Benguet State University, Kings’ College of the Philippines and some on-the-job training students in Baguio City. Some police forces also volunteered in the writing of reminders in the sheds.
There were other schools that signified interest but Degay said painting in waiting sheds will be put on hold until the end of the rainy season.
Degay also bared that a jingle was produced through the conduct of a competition held early this year which is due for editing and recording. Once packaged, this will be played in fitting occasions.
Moreover, Degay said the LGU, MTCB and other stakeholders will be preparing for the necessary documents and other requirements for the succeeding round of the National Red Orchid Award which earned them recognition and cash award last year.
The cash award was partly used for the jingle competitions participated in by various schools here including production of billboards.
Led by the Department of Health, the award recognizes tobacco-free environment in local government units, government agencies and government health facilities. Susan C. Aro (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)