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Baguio commemorates ASEAN Dengue Day

BAGUIO CITY, June 16 (PIA) -- The city government of Baguio, in partnership with the Department of Health-Cordillera and the different barangays, participated in the annual ASEAN Dengue Day on June 15 with the conduct of simultaneous advocacy and awareness-raising activities at  Santo Nino barangay here.


Mayor Mauricio Domogan with DOH-CAR Regional Director Dr. Lakshmi Legaspi and City Health Services Offices Head Dr. Rowena Galpo led the commemoration of the ASEAN Dengue Day to highlight the critical importance of multi-sector, multi-stakeholder and sustained efforts in the prevention and control of dengue.

Legaspi said Dengue has now become the most important mosquito-borne disease with increasing trends annually. Every year, thousands of people and hundreds die due to dengue nationwide. Everyone can be affected but the most vulnerable age groups are the young children. Dengue is a major health problem in the country and in the ASEAN region as well.

“We are having the ASEAN Dengue Day and Anti-Dengue Health Fair because we don’t want to repeat the same experience we had last year. We are still experiencing Dengue cases over CAR and we need to get our acts together to stop the transmission of Dengue virus,” Legaspi explained.

In 2016 a total of 10,312 dengue cases were reported in CAR. Most of the cases were from Benguet and Baguio City.

This year there are less cases of dengue in the city and this can be attributed to the efforts of the city and barangay officials and the residents, Galpo reported.  

As part of the ASEAN Dengue Day,   “Juan Tireless Day” was also launched as a pilot project in Lucban Health District.

Galpo said that the Juan Tireless Day project is in compliance to the 2016 Anti-Dengue Ordinance to collect used tires which are  possible breeding sites of mosquitoes in the barangays and turn it into cash  by selling to haulers  with the proceeds for environmental sanitation projects, or making decors out of it.

To date, the District already collected 236 tires from the   two months testing that started last April.  The target for this year- round activity is 1400 tires in a year.

In the same event, barangays of the Lucban District Health Office conducted a health fair where they promoted various interventions such as plants and products which can prevent dengue disease and its breeding sites.

 They also conducted cooking demonstration to teach barangay folks on the different way of cooking simple delicacies which could also become their livelihood.

 In his message, Mayor Domogan again reminded the barangay officials and residents to maintain cleanliness in their respective communities to prevent the spread of diseases like dengue.

The observance of ASEAN Dengue Day was endorsed at the 10th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting in 2010 as a key regional advocacy initiative against dengue to be commemorated every June 15 by all ASEAN member states. It was launched in 2011 through a series of conferences and community events under the leadership of Indonesia, and was since then observed annually through Lead Countries.

According to a report, Dengue is one of the fastest growing emerging infectious diseases in the world that affects infants, children and adults. Dengue does not only have public health consequences but also has significant socio-economic impacts. It is globally estimated that there are 390 million dengue infections per year, of which 96 million have clinical symptoms. It is estimated that the economic burden of dengue in Southeast Asian countries amounts to an annual cost per capita of US$ 1.65. (JDP/RMC & M. Jimenez- PIA-CAR/UC Intern)


Baguio Tourist Attractions

Marker of the Philippine Commission's First Session in Baguio

This is the site of the building where the members of the Philippine Commission met from April 22 to June 11, 1904 and officially initiated the use of Baguio as the Philippine Summer Capital. The Commission was composed of Governor General Luke Wright, president, and Commissioners Henry Ide, Dean C. Worcester, T Padre Tavera, Benito Legarda, Jose de Luzuriaga, James Smith and Cameron Forbes.

Kennon Road and its Builder

Tourist-Spots-in-BaguioNamed after Col. Lyman W. Kennon, who was the final builder of the famous Benguet road, with the help of the industrious Cordillerans and foreign workers. Kennon road is the shortest and the most scenic highway linking Baguio and the lowlands. The lion's head can be found along the way. Final construction of this road was finished in 1903. Col. L. Kennon first ascended to Baguio in 1905. Of the original workers, the Igorots and Japanese were admired for their trustworthiness and willingness to work. Kennon was closed to traffic after the July 16, 1990 earthquake. It is now open to light vehicles only.

Diplomat Hotel on Dominican Hill

diplomatIn May 1911, the councils of the Province of the Dominican Order voted to construct a vacation house in Baguio on a 17-hectare property they had acquired when the American authorities were encouraging people to come here. Actual work started in 1913 under Fr. Roque Ruano and the building was inaugurated on May 23, 1925. To take advantage of the tax exemptions a school called Collegio del Santissimo Rosario was opened in June 1915 but due to the very small enrollment the school closed in 1917, reverting the building to the original vacation house. During WWII refugees first occupied it. Later the Japanese Army Liberation Forces had to bomb out the refugees from the buildings. The five hits left very extensive damage and for a time it was left unrepaired. Reconstruction was started in 1947 and completed in 1948 with most of its pre-war grandeur and beauty restored. In 1973, Diplomat Hotels, Inc. acquired ownership, remodeled the interior into a 33-bedroom hotel with modern facilities, but retained the unique and distinct personality of the Dominican Hill. In the 80's the hotel ceased operations due to the death of one of its majority stockholders. Plans are underway to develop this historical religious landmark into a tourist resort.

Philippine Military Academy

PMAThe Philippine Commission promulgated Act No. 175, which became the basis for the creation of the Philippine Constabulary in August 8, 1905. The school for the officers of the constabulary was first located in Sta. Lucia Barracks in Manila. Later in 1908, it was relocated in Baguio on the site known as Constabulary Hill later renamed Camp Henry T. Allen, in honor of the first chief of the Philippine Constabulary. With the passage of the Jones Law, the school was later changed to "Academy for Officers of the Philippine Constabulary" with a two-year curriculum. In 1908, the course was raised to collegiate level and later lengthened to three years with class 1938 as having the last graduates of that course. When the commonwealth government was established in 1935, the Philippine Military Academy was created in place of the Philippine Constabulary Academy. Under the National Defense Act, the PMA was authorized to maintain cadet strength of 350. Because of increased population, the academy transferred to Teachers Camp in June 1936 where it remained until WWII broke out. After the war the PMA headquarters was temporarily relocated at Camp Murphy and later at Alabang, while Camp Allen was being rehabilitated. Since May 1950 the Philippine Military Academy has found its permanent home at Fort del Pilar, Loakan, Baguio City.

The Mansion

The-Mansion-Baguio-CityThis imposing and majestic mansion has a long list of Filipino Presidents and American governor-generals. It has elegantly structured building and guesthouse. Its gate is patterned after that of London's Buckingham Palace. The Mansion has also been the site of several international conferences and a working office of the President of the Philippines during his visits to the City.

Camp John Hay

camp-john-hay-amphitheaterThis former American recreational facility is currently undergoing development as a world class resort. As of March 27, 1999, the golf course was completed and is now open, The skating rink, picnic area, and the mini golf course at the Scout Hill area are likewise open.

Asin Hot Spring

Located 16 kilometers northwest of Baguio, the resort's main feature is a swimming pool surrounded by thermal springs, lush vegetation and several hanging bridges. It is an ideal respite. This is now eyed to be redeveloped into a tourism resort along with the adjoining tourist attractions of Tuba and Baguio.

Bell Church

The-Bell-Church-of-Baguio-CityThis cluster of temples is located on the border of Baguio City and Trinidad Valley. Its exotic oriental architecture, pagodas roof, ornate gateway, dragon ornaments and Buddha - guarded windows gaze from atop a hill. The Bell Temple priest practices a mixture of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity. One may even try having his fortune told.

Burnham Park

Burnham-Park-BaguioIt is the oldest of all Baguio parks. One can unwind from the tension of the day-to-day bustle by biking, skating or simply reflecting on the day's experiences amid a soothing garden backdrop of colorful flowers. It is thickly wooded and is a great place to have picnics and concerts. There are tennis and basketball courts, a football field, athletic oval and an orchidarium.

Mines View Park

Mines-View-Park-Baguio-CityAppropriately named for its breathtaking view of Benguet's mountain ranges where gold, silver and other ores were once quarried. There are souvenir shops around the park offering such items as woodcarvings, woven cloth, ashtrays, shell products and other curio items.

Wright Park

It is sometimes mistakenly called "Ride Park" by some that identify this pine tree park reserve for kiddy horse rides. A long stairway leads to the "Pool of the Pines", a 100 meter long pool of water lined on both sides by the famous Baguio towering pine.