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The Search for 100% Tobacco-Free Environments

Now On Its 3rd Year!

In the quest for KALUSUGAN PANGKALAHATAN (Universal Health Care), living a healthy lifestyle in an environment free from tobacco smoke is deemed important, especially for the huge majority of Filipinos who are non-smokers.

The good news is more and more provinces, municipalities, cities, workplaces and health facilities are making great strides in enforcing measures to protect people from the hazards of tobacco smoke and exposure to secondhand smoke and wanting to be declared as 100% Tobacco-Free Environments!

The Department of Health (DOH) pays a fitting tribute to these institutions and agencies and it is currently accepting nominations for the DOH Red Orchid Awards 2012 to be presented at the World No Tobacco Day event on May 31, 2012 in Manila.

Now on its third year, the DOH Red Orchid Awards 2012 proves to be the biggest and grandest search as it now provides a P500,000 project grant on tobacco control to local government unit (LGU) winners for three consecutive years.

The LGUs vying for this distinction are:

• DAVAO CITY in Davao Region
• MAASIN CITY in Eastern Visayas
• TALISAYAN, Misamis Oriental in Northern Mindanao

The red orchid was used by the World Health Organization in its 2001 World No Tobacco Day advocacy as a symbol of a tobacco-free world and to remind people that the campaign to end the tobacco epidemic is far from over.


The DOH Red Orchid Awards 2012 highlights achievements in tobacco control in the following categories:

(Province, City and Municipality)





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 use and prevention 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.

Certain indicators are rated for each MPOWER initiative. Each indicator is rated with 0 – where there is none; 1 – where there is one; and 2 – where there is more than one. The scores for all indicators are tallied and the total is ranged on percentage points. This becomes the basis for the color of the orchid each nominee will receive. The white and pink orchids are considered as runners-up and the red orchid is the winner.

Nomination Process

Self-Assessment and Nomination forms are printed in this brochure.

The DOH - Centers for Health Development (CHDs) are automatically nominated for the Awards and shall submit their Self-Assessment forms to the DOH Central Office Awards Committee for validation.

For other categories, they should undergo the nomination process even if they were declared winners in the previous years.

Interested LGUs (Province, City and Municipality), government offices and hospitals shall submit their Self-Assessment forms to the DOH-Center for Health Development (CHD) in their region for screening and validation. The CHD shall be responsible for choosing the best entries and nominating them to the DOH Central Office Awards Committee for final validation.

Both the Self-Assessment and Nomination forms shall be submitted on or before January 15, 2012 to:

Assistant Secretary
Department of Health
Field Implementation Management Office
2/F Bldg. 4 San Lazaro Compound
Sta. Cruz, 1003 Manila


The DOH Central Office Awards Committee shall validate, rate and declare the winners of the DOH Red Orchid Awards 2012. It shall be composed of members from the following agencies/offices: DOH, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Civil Service Commission and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance Philippines and the World Health Organization.


All nominees shall be given Certificates of Recognition and the winners shall receive a specially-designed trophy and a P100,000 worth of nicotine replacement therapy that will be used for their smoking cessation services.

In addition, a P500,000 grant to be used for tobacco control project/s shall be provided to LGUs that won for three consecutive years. A project proposal submitted to the DOH shall be required and subjected to review and approval.

Meanwhile, DOH-CHDs and Hospitals that won for three consecutive years are not eligible for project grants and shall receive special citations only.

All winners shall be considered as “best practices” in tobacco control and will be duly recognized in official documents, publications, press statements and releases of the DOH.


October – December 31, 2011
Screening and Validation by the CHDs

January 15, 2012
Deadline of Submission of the 
Self-Assessment and Nomination Forms by the CHDs 
to the DOH Central Office Awards Committee

January 16 – 31, 2012
Review of Nominees by the
DOH Technical Working Group

February 1 – April 15, 2012
Validation Visits by the 
DOH Central Office Awards Committee

April 16 - 30, 2012
Final Deliberation of Awardees by the
DOH Central Office Awards Committee

May 31, 2012
Awards Ceremony

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