Pampanga execs urged: ‘Regulate frog catching’-A A +A
Saturday, July 5, 2014
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Frogs, which are available in large quantities during the rainy season, are being caught for a living usually by farmers and fishermen.
The amphibian specie is considered as exotic food like “betute,” “tinola” and “adobo” that are native Kapampangan foods are also the nemesis of mosquitoes.
One of the main courses of frogs is the water-born mosquitoes or Aedes Aegypti, which can transmit the viruses that cause dengue fever.
The dreaded mosquitoes lay their eggs during the day in water containing organic material in containers with wide opening and prefer dark-colored containers located in the shade. It bites people and animals during the days, according to Sonny Lopez, a former Angeles City councilor.
Lopez has called on the Department of Health and all of the local officials in Pampanga to regulate in catching frogs in their specific areas because these frogs can provide huge help on restraining these mosquitoes from biting people during rainy seasons.
“The health department should double their efforts in disseminating information of the importance of the frogs to minimize the rise of dengue casualties in the province,” Lopez added.
Sun.Star Pampanga found out that frogs were being sold at the wet section of the old public market in the City of San Fernando on Thursday. (Bert Basa)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 06, 2014.