SIXTEEN Boy Scouts from Mahinog Central School together with their scout masters participated in the campaign against rat infestation, tagged “Public Enemy No. 1 locally known "Bagtok" or "Elaga” at the rice fields in Poblacion, Mahinog, Camiguin last March 26, 2011.
The primary objective of said activity is to make the ricefields rat free in preparation for the next planting season.
The Anti-Rat Campaign was initiated by Municipal Government of Mahinog through the Sangguniang Bayan Committee on Agriculture along with the Municipal Agriculture Office, Department of Education-Mahinog District and Mahinog Farmers Association.
The general public was encouraged to join this activity to have a big impact in the campaign to reduce rat infestation in the municipality. Rice is the number one staple food of Mahinog residents.
It has been observed in the previous years that the rice harvest of the farmers decreased due to rat infestation in their rice fields especially during pre-harvest season.
A cash reward of Php 5.00 was given for every rat caught by the participants to encourage them to participate in the activity with interest and enthusiasm.