Barangays are now mandated to establish anti-dengue task forces following the passage of an ordinance calling for its creation.
Vice-Mayor Mayel Martinez, author of the ordinance, said the creation of the task forces is significant in the fight against dengue. Martinez, a nurse by profession, said the best way to prevent dengue, a mosquito-borne disease, is to destroy mosquito breeding sites. She said the barangay anti-dengue task forces will spearhead the clean-up drives at their respective communities.
During the committee meeting of the Committee on Health, City Health Officer Dr. Rene Galo Palay revealed that in 2016, Bogo City recorded 196 cases of dengue with 6 deaths, 63 cases in 2017 with 1 death, 120 cases in 2018 with no death, and 218 cases in 2019 with 2 deaths.
Aside from mandating the creation of barangay anti-dengue task forces, the ordinance also mandates the creation of an anti-dengue task force at the city level, in schools, and in the puroks.
SP Places Bogo Under Curfew
The coronavirus pandemic has shaken up daily life in a way we have never seen. In the wake of rising cases and the urgency to halt the spread of COVID-19, the Sangguniang Panlungsod have decided to implement a curfew for Bogo City residents.
Ordinance No. 019-2020 sets a 24-hour curfew for all individuals particularly those above 65 years of age and minors. The ordinance however exempts certain persons such as those travelling for medical and humanitarian reasons. The ordinance also orders most establishments close by 8 in the evening.
For violation of the ordinance, a fine of P1000 for the first offense is to be imposed, P2,000 for the second offense, and P5,000 and/or imprisonment of thirty days for the third offense. If the violator is a minor, the parent or guardian is the one to be meted with the penalty.
The City Mayor had earlier issued an Executive Order implementing a curfew but it was without penalty.
Vice-Mayor Mayel Martinez who authored the ordinance said that the ordinance is a product of the need to contain the deadly coronavirus. She said that the success or failure in containing the coronavirus depends on all community members doing their part to stay home unless absolutely necessary.
March 26 Proclaimed as Day of Prayer
The Sangguniang Panlungsod through a resolution authored by Vice-Mayor Mayel Martinez has proclaimed March 26, 2020 as a day of prayer for all afflicted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Resolution No. 082-2020 resolved to urge constituents of all faiths to offer prayers for all those affected, including people who have suffered harm or lost loved ones, to pray for those on the frontlines of the response, and to pray for God’s healing hand to be placed on the people of our nation.
In a statement, the Vice-Mayor enjoined all Bogohanons of to set aside a few minutes of silence on March 26 to pray.
“Take to heart the holy words found in 2 Chronicles 7:14: ‘if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land’. We are stronger when we unite in prayer. With God’s help, we will rise to challenge presented by the coronavirus and emerge stronger,” the Vice-Mayor said.