THE City Council of Cagayan de Oro on Tuesday declared a state of calamity in three local villages for having the highest number of dengue cases.
Barangays Carmen, Kauswagan, and Balulang may now use their 5 percent calamity fund to intensify their anti-dengue drive.
"It's not only 3 barangays but other barangays affected with dengue giapil na nato pag declare nga state of calamity, pursuant to the guidelines of the City Risk Reduction and Management Council," City Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya said.
Meanwhile, the City Council also passed a separate resolution to declare August 24, a city-wide cleanup day.
Councilor Ma. Lourdes Gaane, for her part, urged the Cagayan de Oro City Water District (COWD) to maintain strong water pressure to barangays where dengue cases are high.
Gaane said the intermittent water supply is causing barangays to store water in containers, which she said, are attractive breeding ground for mosquitoes.
As of August 2, Carmen has 203 cases, Kauswagan's 96, Balulang's 94, Canitoan's 84, and Gusa with 82 cases.
Lumbia meanwhile has 80 cases, Patag and Iponan with 76 cases each, Lapasan's 75, Cugman's 72, and Bugo with 63 cases.
The Department of Health in Northern Mindanao said all barangays in the city are all considered dengue hotspots.