The DOH-CALABARZON conferred most of the Red Orchid Awards to local government units and government agencies of the province of Laguna for strictly implementing the “No-Smoking Policy” for the year 2018 during the Regional Awarding Ceremony held in San Mateo, Rizal.
Regional Director Eduardo Janairo renewed his call to safeguard the health and welfare of children and inculcate in their young minds the harmful effects and hazards of smoking.
“As government officials, it is our duty to implement the law against smoking strictly in the community and as parents, let us ensure that our children are protected and understand the dangers of smoking,” he emphasized.
“Giving our children the proper education and advice will provide them a more optimistic and encouraging attitude in life that will prevent them from trying to smoke”, he added.
Among the eight Red Orchid Awardees were LPH-Gen Cailles Memorial District Hospital in Pakil, Laguna; BJMP-San Pablo City District Jail; San Pedro Jose L. Amante, Sr. Emergency Hospital; City Government of San Pedro, Laguna; BJMP-Bacoor City Jail; DSWD Office—CALABARZON; 2nd Infantry (Jungle Fighter) Division, Philippine Army and BJMP-Sta. Rosa City Jail.
Two Pink Orchid awards were given to BJMP-Sta. Cruz District Jail and BJMP-Batangas City Jail.
Two White Orchid awards were received by BJMP-Lucena City District Jail and BJMP-Lipa City Jail.
There were three ROA—Hall of Famers given recognition namely the Provincial Health Office of Laguna, the Laguna Provincial Jail and the Laguna Medical Center for receiving the Red Orchid for three consecutive years.
The scores become the basis for the color of the orchid each nominee received. The White Orchid (71-80 percent) and the Pink Orchid (81-90 percent) and Red Orchid (100 percent) will become the winner.
The DOH Red Orchid Awards winners are judged based on the strength of comprehensive efforts to implement a 100 percent Tobacco-Free Environment using the World Health Organization MPOWER initiative.
MPOWER denotes the six proven tobacco control policies specifically: Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies; Protect people from tobacco smoke; Offer help to quit tobacco use; Warn against the dangers of tobacco; Enforce bans on tobacco advertising; and Raised taxes on tobacco.
Red Orchid Award was conceptualized in 2009 pursuant to DOH Administrative Order 2009-0010:
Rules and Regulations Promoting a 100 percent Smoke Free Environment, calling for the absolute smoking ban in DOH offices, hospitals and attached agencies, government offices, and encouraged local government units to do the same in their health facilities and other public places.