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DOH confers 2014 Red Orchid Award to Department of Science and Technology-ARMM
General Santos City- The Department of Science and Technology-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao was recognized by the Department of Health as one of the few government institutions all over the Philippines for advocating a "Smoke Free Zone" during the awarding ceremony of the Red Orchids Awards 2014 at Green Leaf Hotel on June 26.
DOH Red Orchid Award is an annual search for the 100 % Tobacco-Free Environment covering government offices and hospitals and local government units.
"We are very glad that the Department of Health recognized our effort in implementing the “No Smoking Policy Campaign” and for maintaining a tobacco-free environment considering that this is our first year of participating. We are happy to note that in our office (DOST-ARMM), all employees are enjoined to cooperate in the implementation of “no smoking policy” within the office premises as we declared DOST-ARMM compound as “Smoke-Free Zone” not only within my term as the Regional Secretary but throughout the years to come." said Myra Alih.
The DOH Red Orchid Awards winners are judged based on the strength of comprehensive efforts to implement a 100% Tobacco-Free Environment using the World Health Organization MPOWER initiative.
MPOWER is an acronym that denotes the six proven tobacco control policies, namely: Monitor tobacco control policies; Protect people from tobacco smoke; Offer help to quit tobacco use; Warn against the dangers of tobacco; Enforce bans on tobacco advertising; and Raise taxes on tobacco.
(Installation of STARBOOKS in ARMM Regional Science High School)
DOST-ARMM Installed STARBOOKS in Racma Maniri Pimping National High School and in ARMM Regional Science High School
The Department of Science and Technology - ARMM has installed the DOST's Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station (STARBOOKS) in Racma Pimping National Science High School in Marawi City (June 10, 2014) and in ARMM Regional Science High School in Parang, Maguindanao (June 20, 2014). The Department of Education-ARMM identified the seven schools who will received the complete package of STARBOOKS.