THE City Council of Bacolod has approved the resolution of Councilor Catalino Alisbo for a cleanup drive in the city, including de-clogging of drainage system.

In his resolution, Alisbo requested Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia to direct the City Engineer's Office and the barangay officials to intensify de-clogging operations of drainage and canals in their respective area of responsibility.

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The measure is also in line with the need of the city to be prepared against any form of diseases like dengue.

Cleanliness can best prevent dengue, Alisbo added.

Bacolod City was recently placed under the state of imminent danger on dengue, as three residents have already died and many more were afflicted.

The regular cleaning of surroundings plays a very big role in the fight against dengue as it prevents breeding of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

Meanwhile, the City Council also approved the resolution of Councilor Carl Lopez requesting the city mayor to create a committee to study the feasibility of creating a citywide sewage network of megacity standards for Bacolod City.

The city should aim to protect the health of its residents and environment by upgrading its sewage facilities to a sewage network of megacity standards, said Lopez.

City Ordinance No. 105, Chapter 4, Section 24 states: "It shall be the duty of the city to construct and maintain in a satisfactory state sufficient number of public sewers and drainage as planned by the City Engineer and recommended by the City Health Officer."

The ordinance further states that such drainage and sewer system should be constructed in whole, or in part as funds may be available, and should be kept sanitary, clean as well as properly repaired, if necessary, and the city drainage be maintained in operating condition. (Carla N. Cañet)