METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority Chairman Danilo Lim on Friday called for a sustained campaign against smoking as he urges all local government units in the National Capital Region to pass ordinances compliant with the World Health Organization-Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
In a message to the participants of a smoke-free forum at the MMDA auditorium in Makati City, Lim, at the same time, applauds the efforts of the 17 Metro Manila LGUs in supporting the campaign against smoking and cleaner air.
“We have to stand our grounds despite the struggles in implementing a smoke-free Metropolitan Manila,” Lim, who is a non-smoker, said.
The MMDA has implemented “no smoking in public places policy” and provides technical assistance to the LGUs in policy development, capacity building, communication strategies, and compliance monitoring.
Meanwhile, in the same forum, MMDA Health, Public Safety and Environmental Protection Office chief Dr. Loida Alzona lauded the cities of Caloocan, San Juan, Muntinlupa, and Mandaluyong; and the municipality of Pateros for passing ordinances compliant with the WHO-FCTC.
According to Alzona, the MMDA goal is to have the entire Metro Manila with laws compliant with the WHO-FCTC to promote better health and to lessen the cases of smoking-related diseases.
She added that the purpose of the smoke-free forum is to “highlight experiences of the local government units in Metropolitan Manila relative to the passage and implementation of tobacco control policies compliant with Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.”
At the same time, the forum tackled the effective ordinances in protecting the health of the public and the strategies towards public awareness and compliance.
According to its website, the WHO-FCTC, is an evidence-based treaty that reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health. The treaty was developed in response to the globalization of tobacco epidemic.