By SHIELA MAE BUTLIG
MISAMIS Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano yesterday said the capitol would only declare a state of calamity because of the dengue epidemic the moment towns in the province make their own declarations first.
But no town in Misamis Oriental has declared a state of calamity because of the number of dengue cases.
Emano said this after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, through provincial board member Nancy Madjos, called on the governor to act and work for the declaration of a state of calamity to address the increasing number of dengue cases in Misamis Oriental.
The Provincial Health Office, according to Madjos, documented 2,480 cases of dengue in the province from January to August, higher compared to 2,464 cases recorded during the 12 months of 2018.
Emano said that if a municipality or a component city in the province declares a state of calamity, then the capitol would make a declaration, too.
Emano said he noted that as of last month, Gingoog already registered 481 dengue cases while El Salvador had 201 cases. He said Claveria town also registered many dengue cases.
“But so far none of these areas have declare a state of calamity,” he said.
Emano said the capitol has enough funds for an intensified anti-dengue campaign the moment a state of calamity is declared. He said its calamity funds amount to some P1.5 billion.
In case of a state of calamity declaration, Emano said, as much as 40 percent of the P1.5 billion could be used for an intensified anti-dengue campaign in the province.