Balanga City cited by WHO for best health practices

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  • Mhike R. C.
  • 8 years ago

By Ronald Supnad & Mhike R. Cigaral


CITY of BALANGA, Bataan – Balanga City Mayor Francis Garcia was awarded last Friday by the Alliance of Healthy Cities, the World Health Organization (WHO) Recognition for Healthy Cities Best Practice, during the last day of the 4th Regional Workshop on Smoke-Free Cities held in Krabi, Thailand.


Garcia said that the award was given as recognition for all the his city’s best practices towards Tobacco Control and Youth Engagement including the Tobacco Free Generation (TFG) Movement.


The award was given after mayor Garcia’s participation in a panel discussion about Moving Towards a Tobacco Free Generation.


The Alliance for Healthy Cities is an international network aiming to protect and enhance the health of city dwellers. Various social and environmental changes are intertwined and affect the health of people in cities. The Healthy Cities approach was initiated by the World Health Organization in 2003.


WHO-WPRO Healthy Cities Best Practice Recognitions complete list are as follows:

1)  Protecting, promoting and supporting healthy diets: salt reduction – Songpa-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea;  Zhangjiangang, Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China

2)   Managing noncommunicable diseases in emergencies – Owariasahi, Japan

3)   Supportive built environments for physical activity – Siheung City, Republic of Korea – Songpa-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea

4)   Health Promoting High Schools – Taicang, Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China

5)   Out of school youth: innovative strategies for promoting health, well-being and development – Wonju City, Republic of Korea

6)   Youth engagement to promote tobacco control – Balanga City, Philippines

7)   Towards a social movement for action on mental health and well-being: preventing suicide among young people – Gandong-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea

8)   Safe cities: prevention of violence and injuries – Napier, New Zealand

9)   Reducing food waste in urban areas – Gandong-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea

10) Addressing the social determinants of health through a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach – Jung-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea; – Kiama, Australia

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