CITY OF MALOLOS- In support to the National Zero Waste Month, the Provincial Government of Bulacan through the Provincial Health Office-Public Health reminds the public to continue cleaning the environment in a bid to diminish dengue cases in the province.
In the latest Dengue Surveillance update, there were 10,307 suspected dengue cases gathered from different disease reporting units in the province in 2019, which is 41 percent higher as compared to 7,312 cases from the same period in 2018. In addition, 25 dengue-related deaths were recorded in 2019.
Governor Daniel R. Fernando said that he has been supporting environmental projects and programs for healthier Bulakenyos because he believes that healthy people are productive citizens, hence his Executive Orders were in accordance with Republic Act No. 7160, which pertains to the enforcement of pollution control laws vital on protection of the environment and natural resources.
“Patuloy tayong maglinis ng paligid natin, para sa atin naman ito, lalo ngayon na ang daming kumakalat na sakit. Ang kaso ng dengue sa atin ay pataas hindi pababa kaya magtulungan tayo, maglinis tayo nang wala ng pamahayan ‘yang mga lamok na ‘yan,” Fernando said.
He also added that the observation of Zero Waste Month on the first month of the year is a good strategy to start the year right and an important reminder to be vigilant about waste reduction and to value a clean environment.
As mandated by Presidential Proclamation no. 760 dated May 5, 2014, January is also known as Zero Waste Month, an advocacy that promotes the designing and managing of products and processes to avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, also defined as a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary to guide people in having a resourceful lifestyle, in which discarded materials can be re-designed as resources for others to use.
According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Zero Waste Month is also pursuant to Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.###