Starting school year 2018-2019, all schools nationwide are expected to be part of EskweLA BAN sa Sigarilyo. It is an initiative that aims to strengthen the implementation of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) tobacco control policy.
As the current school year draws to a close, DepEd is also culminating its EskweLA BAN sa Sigarilyo Project, a three-year project in partnership with the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund. The project was implemented in select schools in Pasig, Makati, Batangas, Bulacan, Bataan, and Pampanga. It developed and pilot-tested implementation mechanisms aimed to build the capacity of DepEd personnel in effectively carrying out the tobacco control policy.
Project director and DepEd Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Alberto Muyot shared, “The EskweLA BAN sa Sigarilyo Project ends in its pilot-testing phase, and its components will be adapted by DepEd for roll-out nationwide.”
Muyot is pertaining to the monitoring and reporting tools, training manuals, and school-based campaign materials to support schools in implementing the comprehensive tobacco control policy.
A ceremonial turnover of these materials was held on March 23, 2018 at the DepEd Central Office, Pasig City.
Tobacco Control through EskweLA BAN sa Sigarilyo
The project brand EskweLA BAN sa Sigarilyo is a play on the Filipino words eskwela, laban, and eskwela ban. The name communicates that schools (eskwela), through the school’s bans (eskwela ban), are on a collective fight (laban) against tobacco (sigarilyo). It is intended to carry two meanings – the schools’ ban on cigarettes and fight against tobacco.
EskweLA BAN sa Sigarilyo aims to increase public awareness of the bans stipulated in DepEd Order No. 48, s. 2016 (DO 48, s. 2016) or the Policy and Guidelines on Comprehensive Tobacco Control. It also helps build the capacity of schools to effectively take a stand against tobacco by implementing the strategies enumerated in the Order.
DO 48, s. 2016 mandates the Child Protection Committee, which has been set up in all schools since 2012 and chaired by the Principal. The committee monitors compliance with and reports violations of various tobacco control policies.
Such policies are:
- Bans on smoking in schools
- Bans on the sale and advertisement of tobacco products within the 100-meter perimeter of schools, and
- Bans on receiving sponsorships from the tobacco industry and other unnecessary interactions with the tobacco industry.
Furthermore, the DO further identified strategies for the effective implementation of the policy including:
- Information, education, and communication
- Cessation interventions
- Collaborations, partnerships and linkages
- Capacity building, and
- Reporting and monitoring.
This article originally appeared on the DepEd website with minor edits made by Edukasyon.ph.
Photo from http://tobaccofreedeped.org/.