The Department of Health has awarded the Municipal Government of Lupon, Davao Oriental this year’s Red Orchid Award.

The award was received by the members of the Municipal Tobacco Control Network Council Headed by Dr. Belen P. Larrobis, in Cagayan de Oro City.

Lupon Mayor Erlinda D. Lim said her administration is honored and proud to receive the award, being the highest award to be bestowed upon a local government unit in the campaign against smoking in public places.

The Mayor thanked the MTCN Council for this accomplishment. “I hope we can sustain the Anti-Smoking Ordinance. We will be deputizing more to monitor smoking in Lupon,” said Mayor Erlinda Lim.

The local government received a trophy, certificate, and cash worth P100,000.00, as the only LGU in Davao Oriental who joined and passed the assessment during the search.

The Red Orchid Award is the Search for 100% Tobacco-Free Provinces, Municipalities, Cities, Government Offices, Government Hospitals and DOH Centers for Health Development and follows the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 8 that recommends the adoption of measures to provide protection from exposure to smoke in indoor workplaces, public transport, indoor places, and other public places.

Meanwhile, the LGU-Lupon was also conferred by the DOH with the Heroes for Health Sandugo Award for Outstanding Local Government Units as a recognition of its active involvement in the promotion of blood safety, rational use of blood, and efficiency of blood services in the country.