MAYOR Jerry Treñas has ordered all government offices, schools and barangays in Iloilo City to conduct a massive clean-up in their respective areas to prevent dengue.
The City Government reported that as of June this year, 618 dengue cases with six deaths have been reported. Most of those affected are children one to 10 years old.
Treñas, in his Executive Order 007 issued July 8, said the so-called "4 o'clock Habit" must be implemented to "help control the continuous increase in dengue cases."
The 4 o'clock habit, according to the Department of Health, is a "once a week search for key containers and other breeding sites of mosquitoes and eventually destroy them at 4 p.m. in every household."
“It is imperative for government offices, schools, and barangays to take the lead in implementing initiatives, specifically the 4 o’clock habit, to promote cleanliness, general hygiene and sanitation in their surroundings and help control the continuous increase in dengue cases,” the mayor said.
He also encouraged all barangay officials to create a resolution to bolster the campaign and implementation of the clean-up drive against dengue. (Carolyn Jane Abello/With PR/SunStar Philippines)