May 30th, 2012
By Flordelis E. Jackson
NAVAL, Biliran, May 30 (PIA) — It’s another great honor for the local government unit (LGU) of Naval as it won for the second time the Department of Health (DOH) Red Orchid Award for 2012.
This was revealed by Dr. Gabby Velasquez, a medical doctor by profession and the Chairman of the Committee on Health of the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) of Naval town in a text message on Tuesday, May 29, to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Biliran.
He said, the achievement of LGU-Naval in the successful implementation of the anti-smoking campaign in said municipality was made possible through the full support and cooperation of all sectors in the area.
Dr. Velasquez, who is the proponent of the municipal ordinance on anti-smoking campaign in Naval town, has been actively spearheading the task force on anti-smoking in conducting rounds in the poblacion and in the barangays of the town to remove advertisements of cigarettes and other tobacco products in stores selling cigarettes.
He said, since the ordinance on the anti-smoking campaign was approved and was implemented, there was a noted decrease in the count of people in Naval who smoke.
He added that the regular information campaign of the Anti-Smoking Task Force through the Kapihan sa PIA forum which was aired live through the local radio station and the barangay pulong-pulongs conducted have contributed to the decline of smokers in Naval town.
It was learned that the municipality of Naval won the DOH Red Orchid Award in the year 2011 with a cash award of P100,000 and a certificate of appreciation.
This year, Naval town will receive another P100,000 cash award for winning the DOH Red Orchid Award for 2012.
Doc Gabby, as he is fondly called by his friends and colleagues at the SB-Naval, said that together with the SB members of Naval, LGU-officials led by Mayor Susan Parilla, the Anti-Smoking Task Force and the concerned agencies in this program, he will step up the campaign on anti-smoking to be able to get the DOH Red Orchid Hall of Fame Award where the cash award is P500,000. (PIA 8, Biliran)
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