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DSWD-7 bags 2018 Red Orchid Award of DOH

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VII (DSWD-7) received the Red Orchid Award of the Department of Health (DOH) during the 2018 Regional Health Summit and Awarding Ceremony yesterday, November 15, 2018 at Grand Convention Center of Cebu.

DSWD-7 Assistant Regional Director for Administration Grace Q. Subong together with Human Resource Welfare Unit Head Joseph John Orden receive the plaque for the Red Orchid Award during the DOH Regional Health Summit and Awarding Ceremony at the Grand Convention Center of Cebu.

DOH Red Orchid Award is an annual search for the 100% Tobacco-Free Environment covering national government offices, hospitals and local government units and was conceptualized to combat tobacco use since it has been identified as the major contributor in cardio-vascular diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and cancer.

This is the first time that the regional office joined in the annual tilt and the Department has been implementing the “No Smoking Policy Campaign” within its office premises.

DSWD-7 Assistant Regional Director for Administration (ARDA) Grace Q. Subong and Human Resource Welfare (HRW) Unit Head Joseph John Orden received the plaque for the Red Orchid award which recognizes the efforts and support of the department in the tobacco-free campaign of DOH.

Other Red Orchid Awardees for this year, 2018, are the Municipality of Siquijor, Siquijor, San Remigio, Cebu, Tuburan, Cebu, Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) 7 and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) 7.

“Let us maintain our no smoking practices not just for the award but for our health and that of our families and even of the clients that we are serving,” said Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre to DSWD-7 staff.

The DOH Red Orchid Award winners were judged based on the strength of comprehensive efforts to implement a 100% Tobacco-Free Environment using the World Health Organization (WHO) MPOWER initiative.

MPOWER is an acronym that denotes the six proven tobacco control policies, namely: Monitor tobacco control policies, Protect people from tobacco smoke, Offer help to quit tobacco use, Warn against the dangers of tobacco, Enforce bans on tobacco advertising and Raise taxes on tobacco. ###

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