Two Sibugay towns declare state of calamity due to rising dengue casesJuly 15, 2019
IPIL, Philippines – Two municipalities of Zamboanga Sibugay had already declared under the state of calamity Monday, July 15 due to the surge of dengue cases.
Placed under the state of calamity are the towns of Buug and Diplahan.
Records from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer (OPHO) had shown that Buug had recorded at least 236 dengue cases from January until June 29 this year, a 742 percent increase from 28 for the same period in 2018. Diplahan, on the other hand, had 221 dengue cases or 4,320 percent increase from five cases for the same period last year.
Ipil, the capital town of the province, had the highest number of dengue cases at 532 from January to June 29, a 3,225 percent increase from last year’s 16 cases. The town, however, is not yet placed under a state of calamity.
Overall, the province had registered 2,588 cases of dengue with 10 deaths from January until June 29 this year. This represents a 1,625 percent increase from last year’s 150 cases.
With two towns of the province under the state of calamity, it is likely that the provincial government will place the province under a state of calamity, a personnel from the office of Gov. Wilter Palma, who asked not to be named, said.
Before the provincial government can place the province under a state of calamity, at least two municipalities are required to declare the state of calamity.
The declaration of the state of calamity is necessary for the release of funds to be used to combat the health problem. Earlier, Palma had signed Executive Order No. 1011-07-12-19-009 which ordered all municipal mayors, barangay chairmen, school heads, and all concerns to undertake “simultaneous clean-up drive within your respective area in the entire province” on July 19. (Antonio Manaytay)