May 26, 2024

The Baguio City Anti-Dengue Committee (BCADC) has been reconstituted to implement the P40 million downloaded by the Department of Health-Cordillera for the city’s anti-dengue programs. 

The committee reconstitution was done during a meeting presided by City Health Services Office Head, Dr. Celia Flor Brillantes.

The BCADC will enforce the Anti-Dengue Ordinance; prepare plans and programs; conduct health information, education, and communication campaigns; prepare year-round anti-dengue activities; and coordinate regularly with the barangays and government agencies for dengue prevention, control, reduction, and mitigation programs.

It will also conduct surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation; planning; and coordination to implement dengue prevention and control programs.

The P40M will cover the implementation of the city’s anti-dengue plans from June to December 2024.

The amount is for the purchase of larvicides for the barangays; contract of services or personnel to prepare, implement, study, and evaluate dengue prevention programs; and purchase of vehicle, including fuel to be used in the mobilization.

It also covers the purchase of microscopes, paraphernalia for specimen collection, uniforms and personal protective equipment; meetings and capability building activities.

The BCADC is composed of the city council, City Legal Office, Baguio City Police Office, CHSO, Association of Barangay Councils president; City Building Architecture Official, City Engineers’ Office, City Environment and Parks Management Office, City General Services Officer, City Social Welfare and Development Officer, and DOH-Cordillera.

Other members are the departments of Education, Interior and Local Government, and the Public Works and Highways.

The members should also collaborate with the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, non-government and peoples organizations, the academe, and other concerned sectors.

The Philippine Information Agency and Public Information Office, which are also among the members, are responsible for the information, education, and communication campaigns to make the public aware of the city’s dengue and anti-dengue plans and programs. – Julie G. Fianza