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By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
April 7, 2010

TACLOBAN CITY  –  Three cities in Eastern Visayas have registered and have been confirmed as official members of the “1000 cities, 1000 lives” campaign in connection with the 2010 World Health Day celebration.

Dr. Paula Paz Sydiongco of the Department of Health Region 8 disclosed during the April 6 media forum, that the cities of Tacloban, Ormoc and Maasin are now confirmed members of the campaign.

Various health-related activities have been lined up by the three cities and the cities of Maasin and Tacloban has downloaded videos at the 1000 cities, 1000 lives website.

The City of Maasin has downloaded videos entitled Maasin City’s World Health Day 2010; Urban Health champion - Maasin City; and World Health Day Presentation with Mayor Maloney L. Samaco.

Tacloban Now and Then is the title of the video downloaded by Dr. Gloria Fabrigas of Tacloban City.

The three cities registered their commitment to opening up public spaces to health for one day during the week of April 7 to 11, 2010.

Dr. Paula Sydiongco said that her team will attend and monitor the World Health Day activities in Ormoc City on April 8, Maasin City on April 9 and Tacloban City on April 11.

The “1000 cities, 1000 lives” campaign aims to draw worldwide attention to the theme of urbanization and health and engage governments, international organizations, businesses and civil society in a shared effort to put health at the heart of urban policy.

The 1000 cities 1000 lives campaign encourages cities and individuals to work across multiple agencies with a wide range of partners to have the most lasting impact on health. The global goal is for 1000 cities to participate in the World Health Day campaign.

During the five-day activities, health authorities along with local government units will also provide heath services to urban poor people, it was gathered.

To meet the goal of 1000 lives, citizens will be asked to provide examples of urban health heroes who have had made a significant impact on health in their cities, through video uploads.

One of the overarching goals for World Health Day is to integrate the Day within a sustained public health strategy as demonstrated through a series of regular activities, either at the street, neighborhood, local, national or regional level. The Day should serve as a start or a symbol of a sustained commitment to incorporate health more broadly in urban public policy.