Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar soon to become a smoke-free heritage site

The Provincial Health Office, in cooperation with the Provincial Tourism Office and Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar conducted the orientation for a smoke-free workplace for the employees of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar last November 14, 2019.

Approximately a hundred employees of the heritage site participated in the orientation.
Mr. Rogelio Dacanay, the Assistant General Manager of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, welcomed all the participants for the orientation.

Provincial Tourism Officer Ms. Alice Pizarro delivered the opening remarks. She said that Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, being one of the famous tourist destinations in Bataan should be known as a smoke-free heritage site in the province. If the heritage site would be able to comply with the smoke-free ordinance, it would create a domino effect on other tourism establishments, and will definitely bring a big impact for the attainment of a smoke-free tourism industry in the province.

Furthermore, Provincial Health Office Tobacco Control Coordinator Ms. Catherine Pelaez gave a lecture about the campaign on anti-smoking. She stated that the campaign is strictly implemented in public places in Bataan. They also organize programs in the province like conducting health symposium and creating IEC materials that will intensify the campaign for a smoke-free environment, as well as give awareness on the ill effects of smoking.

Bagac Municipal Mayor, Hon. Rommel Del Rosario, was also present in the orientation. The mayor encouraged the employees to stop smoking as he shared his past experiences on the bad effects this caused. Hon. Del Rosario admitted that he tried several attempts to quit smoking and eventually was able to refrain for two months already.

Moreover, Mr. Jeffrey Valentos from the Municipal Health Office of Abucay presented a lecture about the Ill effects of smoking. According to him, one (1) person dies every 6.5 seconds because of smoking. In addition, each cigarette contains 7,000 toxic chemicals, he said.

To disseminate the information about Provincial Ordinance No. 6, series of 2019, Orani Councilor Committee on Health Chairperson Maya Bongco expounded on the ordinance prohibiting the use, sale, distribution, advertisement of cigarettes, tobacco products and electronic cigarettes, as well as the imposition of penalties for violators. She informed the participants about the designation of a smoking/vaping area. She mentioned that the designated smoking areas should not be conducive and comfortable to smokers to discourage them to smoke.

The orientation wrapped-up with a sharing from the employees of the heritage site about their experiences in smoking.
Together, let us commit to have a healthy and ideal environment for everyone.


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