CHD Ilocos, MMMH&MC, R1MC, CSC-RO1, DepEd-RO1 and the Municipalities of Bauang and San Juan in La Union among top awardees of the DOH Red Orchid Awards PDF Print
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The Department of Health, on May 29, 2012, recognized local government units, government offices and hospitals implementing  100% tobacco-free environments through the DOH Red Orchid Awards held at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City today.

The winners are chosen on the strength of their comprehensive efforts to implement a 100% Tobacco-Free Environment following the World Health Organization’s “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.

For each MPOWER initiative to be operationalized, certain action points or activities should be undertaken by the institutions or LGUs, and these served as the indicators for the Awards. Each indicator was 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 were tallied and the total is ranged on percentage points. This became the basis for the color of the orchid each nominee would receive. The red orchid is proclaimed the winner and white and pink orchids are considered as runners-up. Those who have not reach enough scores are provided with the certificate of participation.

Several validation teams were formed and they visited the nominees between March and April. The members of the teams came from the DOH, Civil Service Commission, Philippine Ambulatory Pediatric Association, Inc. and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance Philippines.

A validation tool was used for each of the award categories. Finalists that get the score of 90% and above are declared as winners. On the other hand, since the DOH wanted its centers for health development (CHDs or regional offices) to fully implement the 100% tobacco-free environment, the bar was raised to 95% and above to become winners. Meanwhile, there are no pink and white orchid awardees for government offices.

The following are the complete list of winners and runners-up.



City Governments

Davao City

Legaspi City

Maasin City


Municipal Governments

Calauag, Quezon

Talisayan, Misamis Oriental




City Governments

Balanga City

Dipolog City

Iloilo City

Marikina City

Roxas City

Santiago City


Municipal Governments

Alamada, North Cotabato

Amlan, Negros Oriental

Anilao, Iloilo

Bauang, La Union

Bindoy, Negros Oriental

Buenavista, Guimaras

Calatrava Romblon

Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya

Dumalag, Capiz

Dumingag, Zamboanga del Norte

Dupax del Norte, Nueva Vizcaya

Dupax del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya

Esperanza, Agusan del Sur

Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat

Mabinay, Negros Oriental

Naval, Biliran

Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya

Solano, Nueva Vizcaya

Tantangan, South Cotabato

Tupi, South Cotabato

San Juan, La Union

San Juan, Southern Leyte

Veruela, Agusan del Sur

Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya

Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental


Government Hospitals

Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center

Barlig District Hospital

Bicol Medical Center

Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital

Bicol Sanitarium

Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Hospital

Cotabato Regional and Medical Center

Don Jose Monfort Medical Center  Extension Hospital

Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center

Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital

Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital

Lung Center of the Philippines

Mariano Marcos Memorial Medical Center

Mariveles Mental Hospital

Mayoyao District Hospital

National Children's Hospital

Northern Mindanao Medical Center

Nueva Vizcaya Provincial  Hospital

Ospital ng Palawan

Quirino Memorial Medical Center

Region 1 Medical Center

Southern Isabela General Hospital

Tagaytay Treatment and  Rehabilitation Center

Talisay District Hospital

Veterans Regional Hospital

Western Visayas Medical Center

Western Visayas Sanitarium

Zamboanga City Medical Center


Government Offices

Butuan City Jail

Civil Service Commission - Region 1

Commission on Population- CAR

Department of Education - Region 1

Land Transportation - Region 10

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority

National Food Authority - Santiago City

Nueva Vizcaya Police Provincial Office

Provincial Health Office - Nueva Vizcaya

Provincial Health Office - Misamis Occidental

Santiago City Police Office

68 Infantry "KAAGAPAY" Battalion, 2ID, PA, (AFP) – Region 12


DOH Centers for Health Development (CHDs)

CHD – Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), 3-time winner

CHD – SoCCSKSarGen (Region 12), 3-time winner

CHD - Ilocos (Region 1)

CHD- Central Luzon (Region 3)

CHD - CaLaBaRZon (Region 4-A)

CHD – Bicol (Region 5)

CHD – Western Visayas (Region 6)

CHD – Central Visayas (Region 7)


CHD - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)




City Government

Kidapawan City


Municipal Government

Sablan, Benguet


Government Hospitals

Ballesteros District Hospital

Bataan General Hospital

Caraga Regional Hospital

Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital

Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center- Talavera Extension

Kapangan Medicare Community Hospital

Lt. Tidang Memorial  Hospital

Rizal Medical Center

St. Anthony Mother and Child Hospital

San Lorenzo Ruiz Women's Hospital



CHD – Cagayan Valley (Region 2)

CHD – MiMaRoPa (Region 4-B)

CHD – Eastern Visayas (Region 8)

CHD – Northern Mindanao (Region 10)

CHD – Davao (Region 11)

CHD – Metro Manila (NCR)




City Governments

City of San Fernando, La Union

Surigao City

Tuguegarao City


Government Hospital

Southern Philippines Medical Center




Government Offices

Department of Budget and  Management -  Region 10

Department of Education - Region10

Department of Education - Misamis Occidental

Provincial Health Office - Compostela Valley

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