In line with the observance of the Rabies Awareness Month this March, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) strengthens its advocacy on responsible pet ownership for the prevention and elimination of rabies.
Anchored on this year’s theme, “Barangay Kaagapay, Laban sa Rabies Tagumpay,” DA partners with the various local government units (LGUs) in the region for its mass vaccination activities against rabies.
Dr. Oryza Kristy N. Bisahan-Baylo, Veterinarian II of the Regional Animal Diagnostic Disease Laboratory (RADDL) of DA-RFO 10, reported that the192,000 doses of rabies vaccines which they received from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) were distributed to the different provinces and cities in the region.
She detailed that through their respective provincial veterinary offices, the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Camiguin received 38,000 doses, 75,000 doses, 12,000 doses, 30,000 doses and 2,000 doses of rabies vaccines, respectively.
Additionally,the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan received 27,000 doses and 8,000 doses respectively, through their respective city veterinarian offices.
With regards to the rabies incidence rate in region 10, Dr. Baylo stated that it went down to 7.4% as of November 2017 from the 11.6% rating in 2016.
Through this event, the agency urges the public to become responsible pet ownersby having their pets vaccinated for free through mass vaccinations in their area, by their provincial/city veterinary offices or municipal agriculture office.
Further, DA hopes that this would intensify the elimination of rabies in the country, in accordance with Republic Act 9482, also known as the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007, as well as help achieve the collective goal of a rabies-free Philippines by 2020. # (AMBManto, DA-RFO10)