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No Smoking Campaign, successfully launched in Cotabato City

IMG_1059Hundreds of officials, employees, and visitors attended the formal launching of the No Smoking Campaign of Cotabato City held at the People's Palace on October 10, 2011. The event was a result of months of preparation of the Office on Health Services, after the Ordinance regulating smoking in the city has been approved.

DOH 12 Anti-Smoking Program Nurse Coordinator Estella Ilagan commended the city government for the efforts being exerted for the implementation of the program. She has also acknowledged all other cities and municipalities in Region 12 who are actively supporting this campaign.

She says the drive against smoking must be intensified given the fact that Cancer is the second leading cause of mortality in the region and smoke related diseases are on top of the leading causes of death in the country.

Cotabato City Mayor Japal J. Guiani, Jr. also stressed that despite the continuous warnings of the Department of Health, millions are still into this vice. In Cotabato City, the problem is the regulation of smoking. With the launching of the No Smoking Campaign, the Mayor is hoping that smoking will be controlled.

"We shall be imposing the law and those who will be caught violating it shall be dealt with accordingly. I am also very happy to see that our establishments in the city are supporting this campaign against smoking. Sana nga magtuloy tuloy na ito para tuluyan nang maging isang smoke free city ang Cotabato", Mayor Guiani says.

Mayor Guiani also believes that discipline is the key to achieve this goal. To monitor the implementation of the law, the Anti-Smoking Task Force has also been formally created. The task force is composed of members from the city government, Civil Society Organizations, and other law enforcement agencies like the Cotabato City Police Office and the Office of the City Prosecutor.