Thursday, August 12, 2010

Councilor urges LGU to enforce anti rabies ordinance

Councilor Merlito G. Abao

Mahinog, Camiguin – SB member and health committee chairman Merlito G. Abao on Monday urged the executive department to revive municipal ordinance 99-042 or anti rabies ordinance of 1999, a move to maintain the status of the municipality as rabies free.

The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) once declared Camiguin as "Rabies-Free Province."

Mahinog has zero-incidence of rabies cases.

As this developed, the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office (PVO) has intensified its Anti-Rabies Program in line with the National Rabies Control Program which seeks to attain a Rabies- Free Philippines in year 2020.

An information drive on the Anti-Rabies Act was conducted in Mahinog last week involving key officials from the municipal level down to the barangays.

Veterinarian Amor D. Labis, from the PVO presented the national rabies prevention and control program and the implementing mechanisms in sustaining rabies-free areas.

The ordinance requires owners of dogs 3 months of age and older to register their dogs and submit them for vaccination against rabies.

A Municipal Rabies Control Committee will be formed and vested with the main authority to implement the ordinance and other rabies control related measures.

According to the same ordinance, unregistered dogs over the age of 4 months or stray dogs regardless of age shall be seized and humanely destroyed.

Owner of a dog who has bitten any person is liable for all the treatment and expenses incurred by the bite victims.

1 comment:

  1. This is a good move. I hope this will be implemented without flaws. If this was an ordinance way back 1999, why was this not heard? I hope u will be doing a good job in the dissemination of info this time.


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