COTABATO CITY– In a very elegant occasion, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology- BARMM received the prestigious Red Orchid Award last January 27, 2022 from the Ministry of Health- BARMM under its search for the 100% Cigarette Free Environment government offices and agencies.

The 2021 Red Orchid Awards, organized by the Non-Communicable Disease Cluster (NCDC), led by Dr. Ehsan Paudac, and Ms. Joery Amad, LRD and MOH Tobacco Cessation Program Manager, was held at Em Manor, Kutawato Hall, Cotabato City, last January 27, 2022; a recognition by the Ministry of Health – BARMM to Local Government Units, Government Offices, and Hospitals that have implemented tobacco-free environments. The awarding ceremony was graced by Minister of Health Dr. Bashary A. Latiph. Representatives of the honorees from Municipalities, Local Government Units, Jail Facilities and Hospitals, who received a Certificate of Recognition and a cash gift, were present.

Bureau of Jail Management and Penology- BARMM as a Red Orchid Awardee gone through the procedure, passed the criteria and maintained the 100% Tobacco-Free Environment and quality standards of tobacco prevention and control set by the World Health Organization. The well-deserved award was due to the exerted efforts of all BJMP-BARMM personnel led by the very supportive and enthusiastic Regional Director JSSUPT AMADO A CONCEPCION JR, CESE and Assistant Regional Director/Chief of Health Division JSSUPT FARIDAH P ALI, MD,LLB.

BJMP BARMM Regional Office Red Orchid Awardee first timer 2019 and second timer 2020 received cash gift, certificate of recognition and plaque. The following Jails each received P20,000.00 worth of cash gift namely: Cotabato City Jail, Upi Municipal Jail, Parang District Jail, Wao Municipal Jail, Malabang District Jail, Lamitan City Jail, Jolo District Jail and Bongao District Jail. The amount of money given to awardees is determined by their accolades, Hall of Fame 2018: Wao Municipality received 600,000, while first-timer 2019 received 20,000 apiece. 2020 – Municipality of Kapai and calanogas each had 100,000, while the remainder had none. Calanogas and Kapai received 500,000 each in the Hall of Fame 2021, while others received P50,000 each.

The Red Orchid Awards is the DOH’s search among government hospitals, offices, and local government units (LGUs) that implement a 100-percent tobacco-free environment and meeting the quality standards on tobacco prevention and control set by the World Health Organization (WHO). Aimed to combat smoking, the “Red Orchid” is the highest award in this search for tobacco-free environment, followed by the the “Pink Orchid” award for the second place and the “White Orchid” award for the third spot. Minister Latiph said “My pride and honor is given to all our awardees, as we are continuously urging our local government officials and tobacco control advocates to work together” during his speech. “This heartfelt advocacy would shield the youth and the poor from the country’s leading causes of mortality, which are non-communicable diseases” he added.

This award is not only a great prestige or a mark of excellence, but is also a tremendous boost for BJMP BARMM to strive and excel higher and aim for even bigger accomplishments in the future.