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This program is a joint partnership between the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Interior and Local government (DILG) to install the DOST OL-Traps for Aedes Mosquito nationwide and help reduce dengue cases and control dengue transmission.
The urgent need to support the government's program in reducing the incidence of the country's dengue cases are the main reasons for creating this partnership for the DOST Ovicidal/Larvicidal (O/L) Trap System Nationwide Roll Out.
This undertaking is covered by a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) of the above mentioned Government Agencies under the acronym ABKD (Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue) which was signed on August 25, 2011 in Barangay Bagbag, Quezon City to jointly undertake in the pursuit of addressing the pressing concern on the prevalence of dengue. The MOA is an inter-agency cooperation strategy for intensifying anti-dengue drive. Through this MOA, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) agrees to support by:
With the above-mentioned support by DOST, the department through the leadership of Secretary Mario G. Montejo is continually seeking ways to address the problem of dengue.The Industrial Technology Development Institute, in cooperation with the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, also of the DOST, developed the Ovicidal/Larvicidal (OL) Trap, a three-component system that attracts the Aedes mosquitoes then kills the eggs and larvae.The developed DOST ovi/larvicidal trap system is a device used to control the Aedes mosquito population. It can monitor control and detect Aedes mosquito populations thus acting as an early warning signal to pre-empt any impending dengue outbreaks. Aside from being used as a surveillance for Aedesmosquito, the ovitrap is lethal to the eggs due to the developed natural based larvicide which is incorporated on the oviposition substrate. Autocidalovitrap allows laying of eggs but prevents adult emergence thus reduces the Aedesmosquito densities.
The developed ovi/larvicidal mosquito trap offers a simple, cheap and efficient tool for surveillance and control of mosquito.
To further strengthen the government's campaign to reduce the number of dengue cases and transmission of the virus, DOST spearheaded the program of deploying the DOST OL- Trap Kits to all schools nationwide in collaboration with DepEd, DOH and DILG. Under this program there are three components involved.
These are as follow:
Component 1 which is primarily the provision of 1 million OL Trap kits, provision of 6 months supply OL pellets and ovipaddles involves deployment, installation of O/L trap, monitoring of dengue cases and OL index by the DOST Regional Offices in partnership with the Department of Education and Department of Health. Other activities are training and capacity building of educators, teachers, school principals, nurses, barangay health workers, and any other entity deem necessary and appropriate.