DENGUARD: A Shield Against Dengue for Stronger Communities

By Jan Dale Carlo Catalonia | Posted on December 6, 2023

In the ongoing battle against Dengue, the Rotaract Club of Metro Cebu proudly presents DENGUARD, a groundbreaking initiative under Rotary International’s Focus on Disease Prevention and Treatment. This flagship project stands as a beacon of hope, actively guarding communities against the threat of Dengue fever.

A photo from the official turnover of the dengue larvicides from the organizers of DENGUARD to the faculty of Cansojong National High School

On June 28, 2023, DENGUARD spread its protective wings over 330 families in Brgy. Punta Princesa and Labangon, Cebu City, marking the first of its impactful interventions. The project, driven by the Rotaract Club of Metro Cebu, focuses not only on immediate relief but on sustained prevention.

Grade 7 students reading the educational pamphlet on dengue and practical ways on how to prevent it in our communities

A second wave of DENGUARD’s impact surged on August 26, 2023, as the project reached the students and faculty at Cansojong National High School. The commitment to disease prevention and treatment echoed loudly as educational pamphlets, mosquito repellents, and essential items became the frontline of defense.

DENGUARD is more than a charitable gesture; it’s a community-driven movement. Collaborating with partners like the Rotary Club of Metro Cebu (our mother club), the Rotaract Club of Metro Cebu – CIT Chapter, and Youth for Better Talisay – Cansojong Chapter, this initiative exemplifies the power of unity. By harnessing the collective strength of Rotary International affiliates and local youth organizations, DENGUARD transforms from a project into a testament to what can be achieved when communities unite for a common cause.

Where it all started: The first wave of DENGUARD together with our mother club, the Rotary Club of Metro Cebu, and the partner community in Brgy. Punta Princesa and Labangon, Cebu City.

This initiative, with its dual approach of larvicide distribution and educational outreach, not only fights the symptoms but addresses the root causes of Dengue. DENGUARD stands tall, not just as a shield against disease but as a symbol of community resilience and Rotary’s commitment to creating lasting, positive change.

The official representative of Colonie Enterprises, the contracted supplier of the Natular DT larvicides for the beneficiaries of the project.

As we look back on these impactful endeavors, we stand committed to a future where communities are free from the threat of Dengue – a future where hope triumphs over despair. Together, we build stronger communities, one guarded against Dengue and fortified by the spirit of service.

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