Mt. Province declares estate of calamity due to dengue


By Joseph Manzano

Due to the increasing cases of dengue, the provincial government of Mt. Province on Tuesday, August 27, passed a resolution 2019–325 declaring a state of calamity.

The declaration came after the recommendations from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) to ensure the immediate and necessary measures in preventing the alarming increase of dengue cases in the province.

Provincial Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr. informed members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan that based on the report of the provincial health office on its periodic monitoring on dengue revealed a total of 503 cases with two deaths from January to August this year.

The data of the province showed a significant increase of dengue cases compared to last year’s 117 cases and two deaths on the same period.

“Considering the urgent nature of the matter as it involves the health and lives of the constituents this body unanimously declares Mountain Province as in a state of calamity due to dengue.”  The resolution said.

Under the law, a local government unit (LGU) who declares a state of calamity can access the calamity fund, which is 5 percent of the LGU’s annual budget, and can be used for preparedness and response.

From the five percent, 30 percent of it is used for quick response funds accessible to the LGU in addressing the increase of dengue cases.

Although the Department of Health (DOH) in the Cordillera region acknowledge the increase in the number of deaths and those affected by dengue, still the agency called on the public to practice the 4S strategy which consists of: Search and destroy mosquito breeding places; Self-protective measures, like wearing long sleeves and using insect repellents; Seek early consultation on the first signs and symptoms of the disease; and, Say yes to fogging if there is an impending outbreak.