Parishes urged to check holy water containers as part of anti-dengue drive

Published July 16, 2019, 2:53 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Leslie Ann Aquino 

Alarmed by the declaration of a national dengue alert, a member of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Health Care has called on parishes to clean their surroundings as a preventive measure.


Bishop Oscar Jaime Florencio particularly mentioned the container of holy water at the church’s entrance.

Florencio of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines said there is a need for everyone including the church to “join hands” to stop the spread of the viral illness.

“I am just alarmed in the outbreak of dengue. But though there was no national alarm yet we should not be indifferent either,” he said.

Florencio said the faithful should also check their homes for possible mosquito breeding places such as indoor plants.

“The point is we help in whatever way we can whenever they are needed. Let’s join hands together,” he said.

The DOH declared a National Dengue Alert on Monday citing the growing number of cases in the country, which stood at 106,630 as of June 29, including 456 deaths.