Mayor Vergel ‘Nene’ Aguilar warned city residents against the possible upsurge of water and food borne diseases like dengue, liptospirosis and diarrhea in the wake of the prevalent extreme weather conditions.
The warning came with his instruction for reinforcement of healthy lifestyle campaign being implemented by the City Health Department and the Division of City Schools, particularly among school children.
Aguilar pointed out that while those mentioned illnesses used to occur only during rainy season, however, recent cases attributed its rise due to unpredictable and extreme weather conditions the country has been experiencing.
He particularly called on the school heads, principals and teachers to make sure that food being served in their school canteens are nutritious and clean, the drinking fountain are safe and students are protected from sudden rain fall or extremely hot weather condition.
The mayor said that the continuing cleanliness drive implemented by the city government should be complemented by civic organizations and the residents to ensure the safety of everybody from the possible dreaded effects of illnesses caused by flood waters, unsanitary surroundings or contaminated food. He urges everyone to take active part in the practice of healthy lifestyle like keeping a clean environment and eating right and nutritious food.
“There is no compromise to the safety and well-being of all Las Pineros, and the practice of healthy lifestyle habit is one of my advocacies since I believe that a healthy people make a livable and progressive city,” Mayor Aguilar said.
On top of ensuring a clean, orderly and safe environment by providing a holistic environmental sanitation program, Las Pinas also makes available regular feeding program for pupils in more than 60 day care centers in the city.
Meanwhile, to ease congestion in the city’s elementary and high schools, additional classrooms have been constructed. To accommodate the increasing number of students, a four (4) storey-16 classrooms school building was constructed on Camia St., T.S. Cruz Subd., Almanza II; a two-storey, 13-classroom in addition to Moonwalk Elem. School – Mikesell Annex; a four-storey, 18 classrooms on Carmencita Village, Talon III and another two-storey, 3-classroom school building in Pulanglupa Elem. School- Camella Annex at Pulanglupa II.
The mayor has also ordered for the construction of additional two-storey with four (4) classrooms for TESDA, and the repair and rehabilitation of seven (7) other elementary and high schools and the Dr. Filemon C. Aguilar Memorial College (DFCAMC).
Las Pinas as 20 public elementary schools and 10 high schools, with DFCAMC and the IT school – Dr. Filemon C. Aguilar Information Technology Institute (DFCAITI). (END)