Tak­ing the right di­rec­tion

Mindanao Times - - OPINION -

LAST week, the Is­land Gar­den City of Sa­mal gov­ern­ment placed the city un­der the state of calamity due to the high cases of dengue.

Based on the res­o­lu­tion, which Mayor Al David Uy signed on July 8, the num­ber of dengue cases dur­ing the first six months of the year was up by 730%, or about seven folds, com­pared with the same pe­riod the pre­vi­ous year.

The res­o­lu­tion pointed out that the in­crease in the num­ber of dengue cases was due to the on­set of the rainy sea­son.

The city gov­ern­ment pointed out that be­cause of the sit­u­a­tion, there is an ur­gent need to adopt quick re­sponse mea­sures” to en­sure that the peo­ple of the is­land-city are pro­tected.

The city is con­sid­ered the main tourist des­ti­na­tion in this part of the coun­try and plac­ing it un­der the state of calamity will al­low the city gov­ern­ment to ac­cess its fund for calami­ties and find ways to ar­rest the prob­lem.

The sit­u­a­tion is not unique to Sa­mal as this is also hap­pen­ing in the city and other parts of the coun­try and some­times the sit­u­a­tion is even worse.

Since the sit­u­a­tion has been re­cur­ring – and this is not the first time for this news­pa­per to come out with this call – it would be pru­dent for both the na­tional gov­ern­ment and the lo­cal gov­ern­ment units to come up with a comprehens­ive pro­gram that will not only ad­dress a prob­lem when it presents it­self, but will be­come a proac­tive ap­proach that will even­tu­ally min­i­mize, if not to­tally elim­i­nate the prob­lem.

Also, the so­lu­tion does not only lie in the ca­pac­ity of the gov­ern­ment and its in­stru­men­tal­i­ties to ad­dress it, but an­other big part of the so­lu­tion is on the shoul­ders of the peo­ple. Any at­tempt to elim­i­nate the breed­ing grounds of mos­qui­toes is a step in the right di­rec­tion.

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