December 6, 2023

Sixteen barangays made it to the list of top performing communities in the implementation of the city’s smoke-free campaign.

The outstanding barangay performers are Lopez Jaena, Andres Bonifacio (Lower Bokawkan), Upper Market Subd., Palma Urbano (Cariño-Palma), Middle Rock Quarry, Poliwes, Irisan (San Carlos Heights), ABCR, T. Alonzo, Gibraltar, Camdas Subd., Lower Quirino Hill, Middle Quirino Hill, West Quirino Hill, and Camp Allen.

The Smoke-Free Baguio Task Force headed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong said these barangays have been actively enforcing the smoke-free programs in their areas of jurisdiction thus earned the “green” badge, the highest level of achievement.  

Smoke-Free Project Team Leader Cecille Agpawa said these barangays have approved ordinances adopting Ordinance 34-2017 or the Smoke-Free Baguio Ordinance and have been extensively conducting compliance monitoring and information, education, and communication campaigns.

A total of 37 barangays meanwhile earned the “yellow” badge, the second best list while 27 made it to the “blue” list, the third best.

Forty-nine barangays landed on the “red” zone for not being able to implement the smoke-free program.

Agpawa said that out of the city’s 128 barangays, only 21 have ordinances adopting the implementation of Ordinance 34-2017, 70 conducted at least one compliance monitoring visit or monitored establishments and others, 18 issued citation tickets to violators, and 55 conducted IEC activities. 

In 2021, the task force targets to implement a merit system for the smoke-free program implementation.

Agpawa said this aims to give incentives to barangays performing well in the anti-smoking campaign and encourage those that are lagging to do better to make the program sustainable.

The barangays’ performances will be measured based on the criteria and scoring system set.  The merit system will award best performing barangays with incentives and plaques of recognition.

Barangays have been instrumental in the success of the anti-smoking program in the city. – Aileen P. Refuerzo