Bacolod residents urged to observe ‘4 o’clock habit’ vs dengue

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The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod urged government agencies, barangay officials, schools, and communities to conduct the “4-o’clock habit para deng-get out!” vector control program.

The program aims to identify and destroy all potential breeding sites.

Councilor Cindy Rojas said her resolution enjoining the private and public stakeholders to participate in the “4 o’clock habit” was an offshoot of the Department of Health’s national dengue epidemic declaration last August 6.

“This is in pursuant to the DOH’s Department Memorandum No. 2019 – 0307,” Rojas added. (

In filing the resolution, the chairwoman of the committee on health cited the significant increase in the number of dengue cases in the province.

“Basing on the figures gathered in 2019 and 2018, children from age 10-years old and below are becoming the most susceptible to dengue,” Rojas said.

She also urged the people of Bacolod to join proactive efforts such as clean up drive against the mosquito-borne disease. “We must work hand in hand in order to combat this deadly disease by ensuring that our respective surroundings are clean.”