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September 17-18 is "Clean Up Day vs Dengue Fever" nationwide - DILG

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse M. Robredo has issued memorandum Circular No. 2010-92 declaring Sept. 17-18, 2010 as "Clean Up Day" in all barangays nationwide.

Regional Director Loreto Bhagwani of DILG-10, during a recent meeting of the Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Council, said the move is in support of the government?s efforts to address cases of dengue fever in the country.

"The Department of Health (DOH) said the dengue cases had increased tremendously in the first eight (8) months of the year. Thus, DILG has tasked the barangays to help in the clean up drive versus the dengue carrying mosquitoes," Bhagwani said.

To ensure the success of the said undertaking, all the members of the Regional Management Coordinating Committee (RMCC) have been tasked to help not only in the actual clean up but also to promote the activities for wider public awareness on dengue fever and how it can be prevented.

The RMCC is composed of agencies belonging to the DILG family, such as, the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and National Police Commission (Napolcom).

Specifically, the RMCC is tasked to initiate and spearhead the conduct of activity/ies geared towards the cleanliness of the communities and in making them safe/free from the Aedis Egypti mosquitoes which carry dengue virus.

The RMCC is also expected to mobilize all their resources and coordinate their activities with the barangay officials in their respective areas to ensure a well-coordinated approach in dealing with the situation.

Bhagwani said among the suggested activities during the 2-day clean up drive are the dredging of clogged canals, esteros, water ways and other water waste, and pruning of thick bushes or tree branches and/or removal or draining of receptacles containing stagnant water.

It may include the destruction of all possible breeding places of mosquitoes and distribution of leaflets, flyers and other information materials that would heighten the awareness of the residents on dengue fever and how to contain it, he added. (PIA 10) [top]

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