It was an afternoon of fun for more than 1,000 government employees, private sectors and NGO representatives who converged at the city plaza to rally the cause of the program as they energetically imitate dAsec. Tayag’s popular zumba dance moves. The program aims to inform and encourage Balanguenos from all walks of life to practice a healthy lifestyle by making a personal commitment to physical activity, proper nutrition, and the prevention or cessation of smoking and alcohol consumption (Go Sigla, Go Sustansiya, Go Smoke Free & Go Slow sa Tagay).
Asec. Rosell-Ubial also formally turned over the Red Orchid Hall of Fame award including a cash prize of P500,000 to Mayor Garcia and Vice Mayor Noel Valdecanas for implementing a 100% tobacco-free environment for three consecutive years. In 2008, the Balanga city council passed an ordinance banning smoking in public places, public utility vehicles and business establishments. At first, a number of smokers objected to the anti-smoking drive but they were eventually convinced that the campaign was good for the city. In support of the city’s initiative, Governor Garcia, Vice Governor Efren Pascual and the provincial board members presented to the public the provincial anti-smoking ordinance which aims to make the whole province of Bataan smoke free as well.
Asec. Tayag, known nationwide for showcasing his dance moves to campaign for various health programs, also expressed appreciation to the Balanga folks and thanked the local government for the successful strict implementation of anti-smoking campaign. “Sasayaw ako kahit long playing pa basta para sa kalusugan at healthy lifestyle ” said Tayag.