Dipolog sweeps Red Orchid Award for the second time

By on July 1, 2013

Dipolog City recieved Award

Dipolog City bagged once again Red Orchid Award given by the Department of Health during the Zonal Awarding Ceremonies for Mindanao, which elevated the city as one of the contenders for the HALL OF Fame-Red Orchid Award.

It was learned that the Red Orchid Award, which is now on its fourth year implementation has already maximized its anti-smoking program, not only in hospitals, clinics, health centers and local government units, but also throughout other public and private agencies. For the record, the Department of Health revealed that since its inception in 2010, it has gathered 46 finalists and declared 8 winners; in 2011 it further gathered 89 finalists and declared 30 winners and in 2012, 113 agencies became finalist and 86 of them were declared winners. This year 2013, there were 170 finalists with 44 winners coming from Mindanao cluster alone.

It was further learned that Dipolog City in 2010 bagged automatically the Pink Orchid Award and became a National Red Orchid awardee in 2011. When the city was evaluated once again for its 2012 anti-smoking program implementation early this year, it bagged again the coveted Red Orchid Award and was awarded recently in Davao City, during the Zonal Awarding Ceremonies for Mindanao held last June 20 at SMX Convention Center.

Three (3) government agencies received the White Orchid Award six (6) agencies received the Pink Orchid Award while 27 agencies received the Red Orchid Award, 10 coming from government agencies, 9 from government hospitals, and 7 from local government units including Dipolog City, Cotabato Regional and Medical Center as Hall of Fame Awardee.

Among the best practices the Dipolog has adopted under its anti-smoking program are: the passage of City Ordinance No. 196 or the Anti-Smoking Ordinance of Dipolog; printing of advocacy posters, streamers and tarpaulins; fielding of anti-smoking/sanitation officers and penalizing violators of City Ordinance 196; printing/hanging of health warning campaign materials; conduct for regarding the anti-smoking program, and the profiling of city government employees who are smokers.

Due to this development, the Department of Health has selected in principle, Dipolog City to be the venue of next year’s Red Orchid Zonal awarding Ceremonies, where Dipolog is also expected to bag the Hall of Fame Award.

Source: City Information Office

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