August 27, 2019
MARIVELES, Bataan: An upland village here on Monday launched its unique program of catching mosquitoes with the use of cooking oil in exchange for rice to eradicate dengue.
Village Chairman Marcialito “Al” Balan named the program “Dalawang-daang lamok kapalit isang kilong bigas (200 mosquitoes in exchange for a kilo of rice).”
He said the program is part of the campaign against dengue.
“Unang-una pa rin ang paglilinis, pangalawa itong panghuhuli ng lamok. At least mababawasan ang lamok sa amin (Our priority is cleaning the community, followed by catching mosquitoes),” Balan said.
He said a kilo of rice would be given to a resident who presents 200 mosquitoes at the village hall.
Marilyn Podol was the first beneficiary of the program. She presented a plateful of mosquitoes and got a kilo of rice in return.
“Patuloy akong manghuhuli para maubos ang lamok (I will continue to catch mosquitoes to rid our village of these pests),” she said.
Barangay tanod (Village watchmen) also joined the hunt for mosquitoes.
Balan said there was only a single case of dengue in their village, which has a population of 5,000.
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