The Department of the Interior and Local Government in Region III has consistently been advocating the implementation of a 100% Smoke-Free Environment and protection of the bureaucracy against tobacco industry interference. Another orientation among DILG Regional and Field personnel was conducted on August 20, 2014 while the same activity in the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga was conducted on July 30 and July 31, 2014, respectively.
Finance and Administrative Chief Anita Adriano in her message encouraged the personnel to help cause the widest dissemination of this government advocacy and ensure strict compliance for health reasons. Recent studies show that both smoker and passive smoker are prone to lung cancer, heart attack, asthma attack and other acute respiratory diseases.
The orientation is in support to Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2010-01 regarding Protection of the Bureaucracy Against Tobacco Industry Interference issued by the Department of Health and Civil Service Commission.
The remaining DILG provincial and city offices in the region will also be given orientation on Smoke-free environment.