Davao City Health Office bags most outstanding healthy lifestyle award

DAVAO CITY – The City Healthy Office was recently awarded as the most outstanding healthy lifestyle advocate by the Department of Health (DOH) and World Health Organization (WHO) during the Second Outstanding Healthy Lifestyle Advocacy Awards (OHLAA).

The award, a P100,000 worth of check and plaque of recognition, was received by no less than Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio in a ceremony held at Diosdado Macapagal Hall, Landbank Plaza, Malate, Manila on March 1, 2012.

Healthy Secretary Enrique T. Ona said the city health office was chosen from among other health offices in the country for its unique mix of a wide range of initiatives for the prevention and control of risk factors of non-communicable diseases.

“Their lifestyle program includes Gulayan sa Barangay, community-based feeding programs, mental health program for woman and children in crisis, rehabilitation centers for drug dependents, and people suffering from alcohol abuse,” Ona said.

City Administrator Zuleika Lopez proudly shared the good news during the flag-raising ceremony Monday morning with government employees.

The prestigious award added to the number of awards to the city and a big boost to its desire to be included in the search of the New7Wonders Cities where tomorrow, Wednesday, is the deadline to vote for the second phase of the search.

Davao City was also awarded as the Most Peaceful City in East and Southeast Asia for seven years and is home to the “Best Police Office in the Country” for six consecutive years.

For four consecutive years, Davao City has also been recognized by Asiaweek as one of the 20 Best Cities in Asia. (Anthony S. Allada)

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