ALL public and private schools this coming school year are expected to take part in the tobacco control policy initiative by the Department of Education (DepEd).
Dubbed “EskweLABAN sa Sigarilyo Project,” it is a three-year project in partnership with the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund to be implemented in schools in the cities of Pasig and Makati, and the provinces of Batangas, Bulacan, Bataan, and Pampanga.
The project aims to build the capacity of Education personnel to effectively carry out DepEd’s tobacco control policy.
“The EskweLABAN sa Sigarilyo Project ends in its pilot-testing phase, and its components will be adapted by DepEd for roll-out nationwide,” said Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Alberto Muyot, who is also the director of the project.
The project is a play on Filipino words “eskwela,” “laban,” and “eskwelaban” to communicate that schools (eskwela), through the school’s bans (eskwela ban), are on a collective fight (laban) against tobacco (sigarilyo), intends to carry two meanings-- the school’s bans on cigarettes or the school’s fight against tobacco.