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The orientation seminar on Anti-Rabies Act (RA 9482), the Guidelines in the Prevention and Control of Rabies on Animals and Humans and the Animal Welfare Act (RA 8485), seeks to inculcate and encourage active participation of all key players in the prevention and elimination of rabies cases in Kalinga.

“The role of barangay officials and health workers is very crucial. You serve as the voice of the community, having the power to convince and influence pet owners to be responsible. Even if the province and the city promote the campaign against rabies if it is not supported by the LGU, all efforts are in vain,” said Hon. James Edduba, Kalinga Vice Governor.

Moreover, Dr. Anthony Bantog, Livestock Coordinator reinforces that the DA and the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) assures full support to the province with the provision of sufficient vaccines. “The challenge to all of us is to do our responsibilities to protect our fellow men and our animals. We have to work together in order to attain rabies free Cordillera by 2020. We do not have to wait for someone to be affected before we act,” he said.

Among the topics discussed include the guidelines in prevention and control of canine rabies and humans; vaccination protocols; RA 9482 and rules of engagement in the conduct of massive anti-rabies vaccination in barangays; RA 8485 (Animal Welfare act) and; quarantine protocols.

The activity was spearheaded by the City Veterinary Office (CVO), Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) and the Department of Agriculture- Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR). It is in partnership with Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), and Kalinga Philippine National Police (PNP).// JFP