Education department requires anti-smoking bulletins in schools

By Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OROQUIETA City, Misamis Occidental–The Department of Education, Division of Misamis Occidental (DepEd-Mis. Occ.) has required all elementary and secondary schools in its district to put up bulletin boards for its anti-smoking campaign.

In his memorandum to all Public School District Supervisors and Heads of Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, Dr. Jonathan S. Dela Pe?a, Schools Division Superintendent (SDS), said these Anti-Smoking Bulletin Boards must be placed in strategic areas inside the school campuses.

Of a minimum size of 3ft. by 2ft., such boards must be displayed all year round and must contain the no smoking sign and to regularly educate and warn the pupils/ students of its damaging/ill-effects to one’s health and to constantly advocate to discourage them from starting to smoke.

Just recently, DepEd-Mis. Occ. has conducted a poster/slogan making contest in all its 16 districts to increase the pupils’ awareness on the bad effects of cigarette smoking to their health.

Open to Grade 4, Grade 5 and Grade 6 pupils in the elementary schools, the theme of the contest was “Sigarilyo ay Iwasan Upang ang Baga ay Mapangalagaan, Maging Tataguyod ng Kalusugan.”

Meanwhile, the Division Office of Dep-Ed Mis. Occ. is a recipient of the 2013 Red Orchid Award for satisfying the criteria activities for the anti-smoking campaign being advocated by Department of Health (DOH).

It also supports the implementation of the Smoke-Free Ordinance of the province of Misamis Occidental as its strong advocacy against cigarette smoking, SDS Dela Pe?a added.

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