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No-tobacco day parade held

Hundreds of anti-smoking advocates marched on the streets of Dumaguete City Wednesday to commemorate the World No Tobacco Month celebration, and carrying placards enjoining the public to quit smoking.

The activity was initiated by anti-smoking advocates led by the Amlan town, in cooperation with the Department of Health, other municipalities and all schools in the city.

Amlan is a Red Orchid Awardee as a smoke-free town and the certificate for it was received by Mayor Bentham dela Cruz in Manila last month.

Placards which reads “Smoking lose weight, organ by organ, limb by limb,” “don’t just drop it stop it,” “stop smoking, you might not have enough time to see your children grow,” and the best placard that catches the eyes of many were two posters by students requesting President Benigno Aquino III to stop smoking.

Dela Cruz said “We want the President to stop smoking because we want him to continue as the leader of this country.”

Participants in the parade included delegations led by the mayors and representatives, Bindoy headed by Mayor Valente Yap, Ayungon by Mayor Edsel Enardecido and Vice Mayor Erwin Agustino, Mabinay by Mayor Ernie Uy, San Jose, Sibulan by Mayor Marcela Bartoces, Valencia, Dauin, Zamboanguita by Kit Marc Adanza and Dumaguete.

Also with anti-smoking advocates were members of the 7th day Adventist Church Negros-Siquijor Mission, NORECO 1 in Bindoy, ONE rescue and colleges and universities in Dumaguete. The parade ended with a program at the Freedom Park.*JG

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