By Zaldy Comanda
BAGUIO CITY – The month-long Rat-Catching Challenge at the Baguio City Public Market ended with a yield of 1,766 rodents.
Market Superintendent Fernando Ragma Jr. said, the lechon section topped the contest with a catching rate of 7.9, followed by Pines meat mart with 7.4, and entrails section with 7.29.
The result was computed based on the ratio of the output and the number of stalls operating during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
He said all sections in the top 10 will be given certificates of appreciation for their active participation in the program. He said he will also recommend to the Baguio City Market Authority (BCMA) that cash incentives be given to the section and stall owner who trapped the most number of rats.
The fish extension section had the biggest haul at 536, followed by the entrails section with 248 rats trapped from April 1 to 30.
The fsh section had 84 stalls operating during the ECQ, while entrails had 34. Lechon section accounted for 79 rats caught from 10 stalls that were open.
Ragma said that, as recommended by the City Veterinary and Agriculture Office under Brigit Piok and Silardo Bested, respectively, the activity will continue until such time that the rodents have been totally eradicated.
“All leaseholders will be encouraged to continue catching these pests with the use of the traps or any other more effective method even after the contest as it will not only benefit them but will also aid the city in determining the breeding ground of these pests to employ better solution in eradicating them,” he said.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong said they will receive their cash prizes of P20,000, P10,000 and P5,000 to the top three placers in an awards program to be set soon.