LAOAG CITY: Laoag City Mayor Chevylle Fariñas has called the public to help in the intensified and continued campaign against dengue to lessen and minimize the number of victims here. “Dengue cases are expected to rise as the rainy season is about to come, thus, maintaining cleanliness in every household is very important to prevent its outbreak,” Fariñas said. The Department of Health and the Laoag City Health Office, with the help of other departments, will continue the campaign on dengue prevention. The city is also helping schools and villages in the conduct of regular fogging and educating the community on tools for preventing dengue. “We will give the best action that we could, like fogging machines as requested by the schools and barangays to lessen or minimize dengue,” said Fariñas. In 2011, the village of Calayab in Laoag City was placed under the state of calamity due to the high number of dengue cases recorded. In 2015, the City Health Office (CHO) recorded more than 400 cases of dengue. Of the number, one casualty was recorded. Since then, Laoag City has been conducting a regular clean-up drive dubbed “4 o’clock habit,” where residents join in the clearing of water residue where mosquitoes hide.