(Metro News) Valenzuela barangay league files anti-rat resolution

November 29, 2009 2:24 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 29 — To protect its residents from leptospirosis, Valenzuela Liga ng mga Barangay president Alvin Feliciano filed a resolution before the city council urging the local government to provide remuneration for every rodent captured or killed within the confines of the locality.

Feliciano said the resolution, which will be known as “Anti-Rodent Campaign/Catch the Rat Ordinance”, will give a cash reward to any person who managed to capture or kill a rat within Valenzuela’s territorial limits.

It also states the city government would have to pay the amount of P5 for any rodent weighing less than half a kilo and P10 for those weighing more than half to two kilos.

Feliciano said the proposed ordinance, if approved, would direct the city health department to be the lead agency that will implement the act, which includes giving out monetary rewards to the residents aside from properly disposing the captured or killed rats.

He also urged residents to support the resolution in order to minimize, if not eliminate, the population of the pests that have been responsible for the spread and infection of leptospirosis among the residents.

Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian and first District Congressman Rex Gatchalian aired support for Feliciano’s resolution.

They said the resolution, once approved, will be of great benefit to the city because it would prevent the spread of leptospirosis.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial zoonotic disease that affects humans and a wide range of animals, including mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles.

It is transmitted by the urine of an infected animal and is contagious as long as it is still moist.

Although rats, mice and voles are important primary hosts, a wide range of other mammals including dogs, deer, rabbits, hedgehogs, cows, sheep, raccoons, possums, skunks and even certain marine mammals are also able to carry and transmit the disease as secondary hosts.(PNA)

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