The Provincial Veterinary Office of Lanao del Norte spearheads the Provincial Rabies Summit 2018 with the theme: “Rabies: Zero by 2020” with the Provincial Health Office in Mindanao Civic Center Hotel Function Hall on July 24, 2018.

Dr. Fritzie Paler-Provido, Acting Provincial Veterinarian, organized the activity to solicit assistance and commitment from the Municipal Chief Executives of the 22 Municipalities, the Municipal Agriculture Officers, the Municipal Health Officers and to national government agencies in the province such as the Department of Education and the Department of the Interior and Local Government for massive information and education campaign to intensify the program in the municipalities down to the barangays to eradicate rabies in Lanao del Norte in line with the national government’s goal to eliminate human rabies in the country and declare rabies-free Philippines by 2020.

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte has already pledged its sincerity to totally get rid of the deadly virus that threatens the lives of the constituents. Thus, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed Provincial Ordinance No. 07-2017, otherwise known as “Dog Population Control and Rabies Eradication Ordinance” sponsored by Honourable Board Member Abdul Harris U. Ali and Co-sponsored by all members of the Provincial Legislative Body.

Board Member Ali, Committee Chairman on Health actively supports the programs of the Provincial Health Office and the Provincial Veterinary Office in safeguarding the health of the people.

The Board Member believes that with the help of the Municipal Chief Executives and the Honourable Members of the Sangguniang Bayan rabies can be wipe-out by adopting an ordinance that will be the basis for its implementation and enforcement by first conducting hearings and public consultations. With this, the constituents particularly those pet owners will be obligated to follow the rules and make the community safe from rabies.

Dr. Melania A. Untao, Provincial Health Officer, encouraged the participants in the forum to practice environmental management. “In the environment, the agent of disease, in this case the rabies virus, the carrier of disease, the dogs, and the human population are all present in the environment. Now, if there is interaction among the three it will result to a problem that affects the family and the community.”

The Provincial Health Officer suggests that to be more cost effective, “We have to focus on the carrier of disease, which is the dog, taking out one of the three factor will eliminate the spread of the rabies virus. We must step up our campaign in vaccinating the dogs in the community by massive Information and Education Campaign with advocacy supported by legislation, the Support System of the Local Chief Executive on how to implement the program down to the barangays, Connectivity among interagency or convergence of all concern stakeholders, and equally important is the budget in order to implement the program.”

Dr. Untao proudly mentioned and humbly thanked Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo for her unwavering support in eradicating rabies and in general advancing the interest and well-being of the people of the Province of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty.”

Mayor Randy J. Macapil of Linamon Municipality strongly behind the program and pledged his commitment to eradicate rabies in his town together with the representatives of other municipalities by indicating their signatures on the tarpaulin. PIO-LDN