“Daga mo, palit cash”: Marikina allows residents to exchange rats for cash to stop leptospirosis

  • Marikina City has launched their anti-leptospirosis campaign for this year
  • Residents are urged to exchange rats for money as an effort to eliminate street rats
  • Marikina Vice Mayor Marion Andres said they have a disinfection team who are on standby at the area

The local government of Marikina City has launched a anti-leptospirosis campaign that allows their residents to exchange rats for cash.

Image by Marikina Vice Mayor Marion Andres via Facebook

The “Daga Mo, Palit Cash” program aims to eliminate the presence of street rats as part of the precautionary measures amid the incoming of La Niña season. The procedure goes that local residents must bring a rat (either alive or not) to their City Environment Management Office.

Marikina Vice Mayor Marion Andres shared more details on the initiative on his Facebook page. He wrote, “Daga mo, Palit ng Cash ko! Sali na Marikenyo sa ating Kampanya Kontra Lepto. Simple lang ang ating mechanics magdala ng daga patay man o buhay sa City Environment Management Office sa darating na October 15 at 16, 9:00am – 11:00am. Dun na din susukatin ang inyong mga dalang DAGA para sa inyong cash. Paigtingin ang Laban Kontra Lepto ngayong Rainy Season!”

Andres assured that they have a disinfection team at the area and will provide precautionary measures.

“At the exact area, papalitan po sila ng cash. Mayroon tayong disinfection team. We want to make sure na habang tayo nagbibigay ng mga programang ito, magbibigay tayo ng alcohol sa lahat ng participants,” he said.

“We are finalizing the guidelines magkano—per kilo ba o per size ba,” he added.

Image by Marikina Vice Mayor Marion Andres via Facebook

Back in 2018, Marikina noted 12 cases of leptospirosis and zero cases in 2019. Starting January to October this year, they were able to record two possible cases.

“For 2020, may dalawang suspects—16 at 39 yo. Wala pang confirmatory tests,” Vice Mayor Andres said.