PEZA-Baguio Ecozone adopts WHO, DOH smoke – free campaign

BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 28 (PIA) - - For a healthier workplace and in support to the City Government’s Comprehensive Anti – smoking Ordinance, the Department of Health and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), in partnership with the World Health Organization(WHO), launched on  Monday  the “Revolution Smoke – Free” at the Baguio City Economic Zone.

 

Revolution Smoke – Free is a campaign aimed at curbing smoking and reducing cases of tobacco – related diseases by urging the private sector to commit to smoke – free workplaces and encourage their employees to quit smoking.

The launching was attended by WHO Representative to the Philippines Dr. Gundo Weiler and PEZA General Manager Charito Plaza, who along with BCEZ Administrator Rene Joey Mipa, DOH – Cordillera  OIC Regional Director  Amelita Pangilinan and officials/representatives of

Weiler said Revolution Smoke – Free envisions a future where all types of workplaces from different industries are free from tobacco smoke. It has been rolled – out in different cities across Asia.

WHO Representative to the Philippines Dr. Gondo Weiler congratulates the DOH, city government of Baguio and PEZA - BCEZ and the private companies in the economic zone for their commitment to push for a smoke - free Baguio City. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Weiler congratulated the vibrant private sector in the economic zone and the very committed city government in pushing for a smoke – free Baguio, given the depressing consequences of smoking not only to people’s health but also its economic consequences especially to poor people and its ill - effect to the environment.

 Worldwide, there are 7 million people each year dying due to smoking - related illnesses and this include around 1 million passive smokers, Weiler added.

For PEZA’s part, Plaza outlined that the smoke – free Baguio City Economic Zone will now become the model for the other ecozones in the country. She bared that under her leadership, as they industrialize economic zones, two of their priority policies are to be environment – friendly and to protect the rights and welfare of their workers.

Pangilinan, in her inspirational message, said combating smoking, alcohol and drugs through healthy settings, policy and legislation and advocacy with the help of civil society, legislators, local government units, and the private sector is among the focus of the Fourmula One Plus, the DOH’s strategic thrust for the Philippine Health Agenda.

She also called on the BCEZ employers to help their employees change for the better, as healthier employees and workplace will also work better for their businesses.

 For the Revolution Smoke – Free campaign, Mipa said that under the BCEZ are 100 companies and around 14,000 employees. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)   

Philippine Economic Zone Authority General manager Charito Plaza assures that the Revolution Smoke Free Campaign at  the Baguio City Economic Zone will become a role model to all other ecozones in the country. By Carlito C. Dar (CCD/PIA CAR)

 

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