This third award for the maledormitory, according to jail warden Superintendent Mary Chanette Espartero,makes the Iloilo City District Jail eligible for the Hall of Fame citation. “We are maintaining a No SmokingPolicy. Our staff and inmates are thus healthy,” said Espartero. Espartero said the smoking ban at theprison facility covers not only the inmates but also jail personnel. ILOILO City – The Bureau of JailManagement and Penology’s (BJMP) Iloilo City District Jail – Male Dormitory inBarangay Ungka, Jaro district bagged the Red Orchid Award (ROA) forthe third consecutive year. The ROA awarding ceremony will be onNov. 29 in Manila./PN Visitors, too, are being inspectedthoroughly to make sure they are not smuggling into the jail contrabands suchas cigarettes, added Espartero. “To get this award is not easy. Wehave to monitor hundreds of inmates who are mostly smokers. I’m thankful fortheir cooperation,” according to the jail warden. The Iloilo District Jail, whichcurrently has a total of 851 inmates facing mostly illegal drug and murdercharges, started enforcing the smoking ban three years ago. DOH started the ROA in 2009.Winners are determined based on the following: monitoring of tobacco use andprevention policies; protecting people from tobacco use; offering help to quittobacco use; warning about the dangers of tobacco; ahd enforcing bans ontobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. The Red Orchid Award is the Department ofHealth’s (DOH) annual prize for government hospitals, offices and localgovernment units (LGUs) that sustain a 100-percent tobacco-free environment andmeet the quality standards on tobacco prevention and control set by the WorldHealth Organization.