Our featured Smoke-Free Baguio activity is MPOWER and Enforcement training!
MPOWER training is a program designed to educate the community about the implications of smoking. It also highlights the importance of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in addressing the dangers and health implications of smoking. MPOWER training is used to increase the involvement of different sectors in enforcing anti-smoking policies and advocate awareness in the community.
MPOWER stands for:
Monitoring: Tobacco Use, Prevention Policies and Tobacco Industry Activities
Protect People from Exposure to Tobacco Smoke
Offer Help for Smokers/Vapers to Quit
Warn about the Dangers of Tobacco
Enforce Ban on Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship (TAPS)
Raise Taxes/Prices for Tobacco
Smoke-Free Baguio also conducts enforcement training to deputized Smoke-Free Baguio enforcers from different barangays in the city. The enforcement training includes an orientation of the Smoke-Free Baguio City Ordinance (City Ordinance No. 34, series of 2017) and the roles and responsibilities of the Community Task Force.
MPOWER and Enforcement training aims to build the capacity of all members of the Community Task Force and to educate and empower community enforcers in the implementation of the Smoke-Free Baguio Ordinance.
For two years, Smoke-Free Baguio has conducted nine MPOWER and Enforcement trainings with around 1900 participants in all the combined trainings. Barangay resolutions adapting the Smoke-Free ordinance were made and barangays were eager to get involved in the Smoke-Free program. One participant said after a training “After today, I now understand the need to support and join tobacco control programs, I am now for a Smoke-Free Baguio.”
Watch out for our next batch of MPOWER and Enforcement training soon! Let us work together for a Smoke-Free city through enforcement, education, and community participation!
Be aware. Be empowered. Be involved!