Anti-dengue campaign a success, say pest-control group, Mapecon

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Employees of Mapecon Philippines Inc. spray chemicals around houses at two barangay along Arellano Avenue in Manila on Sunday in a bid to eliminate dengue-causing mosquitoes. The Sunday Mission, a nationwide campaign aimed at combating these deadly mosquitoes, was undertaken by Mapecon with the help of the National Committee on Urban Pest Control. PHOTO BY EDWIN MUL

Employees of Mapecon Philippines Inc. spray chemicals around houses at two barangay along Arellano Avenue in Manila on Sunday in a bid to eliminate dengue-causing mosquitoes. The Sunday Mission, a nationwide campaign aimed at combating these deadly mosquitoes, was undertaken by Mapecon with the help of the National Committee on Urban Pest Control. PHOTO BY EDWIN MUL

TO culminate the week-long celebration of the 18th National Urban Pest Control Week from September 22 to 28, the National Committee on Urban Pest Control (NCUPC) spearheaded a synchronized Sunday Mission highlighted by nationwide campaign against dengue mosquitoes with Mapecon Philippines Inc.

“Although this day is the culmination day of the celebration of the National Urban Pest Control Week, I just want to remind everyone that every day is a pest control day,” Roque Tibor Jr., NCUPC assistant director during the Sunday Mission at Barangay 753 and Barangay 787 located on Arellano Avenue, Malate, Manila, said on Sunday.

He pointed out that the success of this campaign depended not only on NCUPC and Mapecon but also on the concerted effort of the whole community.

Although the campaign simultaneously ended in 44 branches of Mapecon nationwide, the Sunday Mission continues, according to Mapecon EVP Gonzalo Catan, also president of Zero Waste Philippines.


“Way before the celebration of the National Urban Pest Control Week, we’ve been doing this service mission as our way of giving back to the community,” explained Catan, founder of Mapecon Philippines Inc.

Meanwhile, Barangay 753  chairman Reynaldo Habay-Habay, and Barangay  787 Chairman Eduardo Dungao were thankful for being the recipient of the service.

The two barangay, together with other select barangay in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, were given free Mapecon service of misting to avoid dengue mosquitoes.

Misting uses specially formulated water-based Mapecon household insecticide and a mister or misting machine. The solution is converted into fine droplets evenly spread out in the target spaces or areas at certain periods and then allowed to settle down.

Ruth Marie Atienza, chief operating officer of Mapecon Philippines Inc., said it is important for people to keep their communities clean to help deter dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

Dengue fever, spread by the bite of an infected dengue mosquito (usually the Aedesaigypti species), is a viral illness caused by infection with one of four types of the dengue virus.

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