Bacolod launches anti-dengue drive

BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Councilor Cindy Rojas led the launching of the city government’s anti-dengue campaign, called “Deng-Get Out of Bacolod! Mag 4 O’clock Habit Na!” on Aug 28, 2019 at the Bacolod City Government Center lobby.

Rojas, chair of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Health, said city officials alone could not hurdle the fight against dengue, thus she is enjoining all the barangay officials and residents to fight the war against dengue.

Joining them at the launching are Dr. Grace Tan, head of the Environmental Sanitation Division of the City Health Office, City Hall executive assistants and department heads, and City Hall employees.

Bacolod City Hall employees join the clean-up of offices and surroundings at the launching of “Deng-Get Out of Bacolod! Mag-4 O’clock Habit Na!” on Aug 28, 2019 at the Bacolod City Government Center lobby. (PIO)

Leonardia has issued Executive Order No. 23 convening the special committee for the anti-dengue campaign. The mayor has declared an all-out war against dengue.

“This is urgent. We should treat the dengue virus seriously, in facts, we should treat it as a matter of life and death,” Leonardia told the city officials and barangay captains at a meeting at the Bacolod City Government Center Monday.

After the program at the lobby, City Hall personnel went back to their respective offices to do a ceremonial cleaning, and later, go out to the Government Center grounds to clean its surroundings.

The clean-up activity focused on the search for any stagnant water that may serve as breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus.

The same clean-up was simultaneously implemented in all 61 barangays of Bacolod, as well as in schools and other agencies.

Leonardia has sought the all-out support of the barangay captains of the 61 barangays against dengue.

The mayor said city government will also partner with the Bureau of Fire Protection, Chamber Fire Brigade, and Amity Volunteer Fire Brigade, where the fire trucks will go around the barangays and sounding their sirens at 4:00 p.m. to remind the residents that it is time to observe the “Deng-get out of Bacolod!”

The mayor said they will also try to request churches to ring their church bells every 4:00 p.m. for the same purpose. (PIO)