Swarm of flies invades Bulacan public market

By Emil Gamos

BALAGTAS, Bulacan — Traders and consumers at the Balagtas public market are pestered by a new menace — swarm of flies.

Rommel Ramos, anchor of the radio program “Rommel Ramos Po!”, said his daily program is also being swarmed by callers calling the attention of officials to act on the matter before it becomes a health hazard to the public.He said the swarm became ominous shortly after a big fire gutted a major portion of the public market last month.

Bobby Alonzo, a butcher, said his customers have dwindled in the past days because of the swarm.

“Most of my customers transferred to another market because of the swarm of flies,” Alonzo lamented.

Upon learning of the plight of traders, consumers and residents during the weekly radio program “The Governor’s Hour” , Gov. Wilhelhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado immediately called and instructed Provincial administrator Jim Valerio and provincial health officer Dr. Joy Gomez to go to the area and act on the problem.

He told the two provincial officials to coordinate with their counterparts at the municipal government to swiftly address the situation.

Traders said that after the fire last month, most of the burned goods, including meats have not been totally cleared out from the premises.

Diosdadao Libiran, OIC market master, said thay have tried to remedy the problem but the flies just keep on coming back.

Residents also said that garbage being dumped at the streets beside a creek at the public market is also being seen as one of the factors why flies are invading every nook of the public market. (PNA)


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