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Mayor Celino speaks at Summit of Smoke Free Cities
Thursday, May 28 2015

Mayor Angel Alan B. Celino shared the Roxas City experience in combating tobacco use at the Summit of Smoke -Free Leaders and Champions held in Iloilo City May 21, 2015.

Under the theme "Building the Alliance of Smoke-free Cities," the Summit was organized by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance in close coordination with the World Health Organization in the Western Pacific, the Department of Health and the City of Iloilo.

The mayor, it will be recalled, attended the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance meeting to formally organize network of mayors for smoke-free cities and municipalities in the Philippines and plan for the 3rd Regional Smoke-free ASEAN workshop. This was held at the Pan Pacific Manila Pavilion, Ermita, Manila on Feb. 19, 2015.

The meeting was participated in by 9 mayors with cities and municipalities that are already hall of famers of the Department of Health's Red Orchid Award together with some tobacco control coordinators.

SEATCA would like to organize a smoke-free network or alliance of mayors which will be the model for the nine other countries in the ASEAN and discuss plans in expanding the network to more cities and municipalities in the Philippines.

The mayor, along with the mayors of other cities and municipalities who have been conferred the Red Orchid Awards, participated in the Mayors Corner, which is the sharing of experiences on their Smoke-Free Initiative and Challenges.

Mayors were called for a 10- minute video interview after lunch.

The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance is a regional multi-sectoral alliance working on the advancement of tobacco control in the countries in the ASEAN.
Roxas City is now considered a model in the campaign against tobacco use. It has been conferred with three red orchid awards by the Department of Health for its effective no-smoking campaign.

Source: Gerry T. Pagharion (photos by Roxas City Press Bureau)