City to put up smoking
By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – The three Rural Health Unites (RHUs) around the city will
soon have a smoking cessation clinic each.
Simply put, this
clinic will help people in the business of quitting smoking, gradually
if needed, but the desired end must be to stop puffing cigarettes for
establishment of these anti-smoking clinics has been the offshoot of
the week-long Smoking Cessation Seminar held last month at Ampil
Pensionne this city, said Engr. Othello Rich, City Planning Director
and Coordinator of Healthy City Initiatives (HCI).
During a recent
bi-weekly “Maasin City In Action” block time program over DYDM, Engr.
Rich said the seminar was actively participated by HCI enforcers,
non-government organizations, physicians and nurses from the
Department of Education (DepEd), and the religious sectors.
An output of the
activity was the formation of a technical working group (TWG) that
would serve as the overseer of the city’s smoking cessation program.
With the creation of
the smoking cessation clinics, members of the TWG would serve as
counselors and facilitators in advising people how to stop smoking,
especially those who really want to but cannot just kick it off.
Engr. Rich said the
Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) had
recognized the measures undertaken by the city government to promote
the health of its constituents, and cited the campaign against smoking
among these health-promoting initiatives.
Earlier, City Mayor
Maloney Samaco had imposed a total smoking ban in the city jail as
part of the rehabilitation process of prisoners.
The move caught the
attention of other local chief executives who copied the Mayor’s
example and, before long, the rest of the LGUs around
Eastern Visayas followed suit, reported DYDM news anchor Zaldy Olita.
Mayor Samaco also
initiated the printing and wide distribution of no-smoking stickers in
all passenger vehicles in the city, and posted huge tarpaulins in
public places in a serious attempt to create awareness and make Maasin
a smoke-free city.
Next month, the city
will vie for the Red Orchid Awards for 100% Smoke-free LGU, it was