by: DAISY D.J. SIMON DOST-QUIRINO and THELMA C. BICARME- PIA-QUIRINO

DIFFUN, Quirino, July 6— The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) here recently distributed ovicidal/larvicidal trap or OL-Trap to two schools in every municipality to address the increasing number of dengue cases in the province.

OIC- Provincial Director Lucio G. Calimag said the recipients were determined by the regional office based on previous data of dengue cases.

The recipients were Diffun High School and Diffun Central School, Saguday Central School, Saguday National High School, Aglipay West Central School, Aglipay High School, Cabarroguis School of Arts and Trades, Cabarroguis Central School, Maddela North Central School and Maddela Comprehensive High School.

Calimag said the Macate Elementary School and Magsaysay High School in Diffun were included because the former is the recipient of the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology or CEST Program of DOST-02 and the latter being the nearest barangay to Macate.

The mosquito OL Trap has been developed by the DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) which aims to control the population of the dengue-carrying Aedes mosquitoes.

The primary component of the OL trap is the solution made from natural agent which is safe to humans but lethal to mosquitoes.

The scent of the solution invites female mosquitoes to the trap where they lay eggs on the stick and on the solution itself. The trap does not kill the adult mosquitoes, instead its ovicidal and larvicidal effect prevent the next generation of mosquitoes from reaching adulthood.

There were a total of 20,800 pellets, 522 cups and 261 lawanit sticks given to the said schools.

 

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