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Barangay urges city dads to act on bird poops

By Jeena Clarisse Ansano

THE Committee on Health of Barangay Dinaga submitted on Wednesday, March 6, a resolution to the city’s Sangguniang Panlungsod, concerning health and sanitation issues caused by bird droppings scattered in downtown streets within Barangay Dinaga.

The bird feces were also observed by the locals teeming on top of residential and commercial houses located in the barangays of Peñafrancia, and San Francisco within the Central Business District I.

Panganiban Drive and General Luna Street, which is also a part of CBD I were not also spared from the birds’ infectious waste.

The barangay resolution aimed to urge the LGU to take measures to address the harm that may be caused by the bird droppings against the health of the residents.

“There are several diseases known to be associated with bird droppings: histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, and psittacosis - all can represent a risk to human health,” the barangay resolution read.

Bird Poops

It also highlighted the health risks of the bird droppings to those with pre-existing respiratory diseases like lung cancer.

Adopted on February 16, the resolution prompted a response from the City Environmental and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) on March 7.

CENRO outlined several recommendations, including seeking assistance from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to identify bird species, habitats, and characteristics for targeted interventions.

Additionally, CENRO, in collaboration with the Solid Waste Management Office (SWMO) and the Barangay Local Government Unit of Dinaga, committed to deploying additional personnel to clean the affected areas.

The office also suggested natural methods to repel the birds, such as using Ultrasonic Bird Repellers and scare balloons, emphasizing their commitment to wildlife protection under the Republic Act 914 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.


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