Tobacco free initiative
WHO supports LGUs on policy and human resource development
While the Philippines has fulfilled some commitments at the sub-national level, the country still has to meet other FCTC obligations. Recognizing the decentralized nature of the country’s health system, the WHO Country Office extends technical support to local government units (LGUs) specifically on policy and human resource development. The Country Office especially extends assistance to LGUs that expressed the political will to implement FCTC provisions in their areas.
Policies in the form of anti-tobacco ordinances will fill the gaps in implementing and enforcing the FCTC and Republic Act 9211 in furtherance of the Local Government Code. It will also give LGUs a sense of ownership in implementing and enforcing anti-tobacco initiatives as they prioritize the health and wellbeing of their constituents The ordinance is also a legal instrument that LGUs can use to address the inadequacies of a national law.
The Red Orchid Award is given to LGUs who have achieved 100% tobacco free environment.