“Barangay Kaagapay, Laban sa Rabies Tagumpay.” More than 30 pet dogs were registered by the owners to join the activity held at Mindanao Civic Center grounds on March 24, 2018.

The Provincial Veterinary Office headed by Dr. Fritzie P. Provido is the leading office in executing and implementing the rabies awareness campaign which was supported by the Philippine National Police, Provincial Agriculture Office and Provincial Health Office of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte to achieve the goal of rabies-free Lanao del Norte by 2020, this is in consonance with the Department of Health’s Rabies Prevention and Control Program.

According to Department of Agriculture around 250 to 300 Filipinos die of rabies yearly, forty percent of bite victims are children ages 14 years old and younger and transmission of the virus occurs through bites, scratches or close contact with infected saliva from rabid animals.

In the activity the Provincial Veterinary Office gave free rabies vaccination, castration and dog soap to pet owners. Thirteen dogs were vaccinated in the activity, the office also gave a mini seminar highlighting what is rabies and what can we do as pet owners to prevent the pets from acquiring this viral disease through regular vaccination, clean and comfortable cages, providing proper nutrition and keeping them off the streets, and when walking the pets, make sure that they are on harness to avoid contact with other dogs.

1st Placer, Ginger a Golden Retriever owned by the sibling Anne and Ralph Cabanlit from Maranding, Lala won the best dog award followed by Max as 2nd Runner-up, a Siberian Husky owned by Paul Macartney Bauya from Angel Heights Subdivision, Tubod and 3rd Runner-up was given to TJ a Chow Chow owned by Jun Perales from Magsaysay.

Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo is actively behind the programs of the Provincial Veterinary Office in keeping the constituents of Lanao del Norte well informed of the risk of owning a dog and its responsibilities, and the ways to prevent their pets acquiring the deadly disease. PIO-LDN