Cagayan sees benefits from new Anti-Rabies Act
Tuguegarao City (June 14) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has signed a law to control and eliminate rabies.
Regional Director Gumersindo Lasam of the Department of Agriculture (DA) said the law includes mandatory registration and population control of dogs and provides penalties for those who do not address the risk of spreading the deadly disease.
He said the President signed on May 25 this year Republic Act No. 9482 or the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007.
It embodies a system for the control, prevention and eventual eradication of human and animal rabies and also the need for responsible pet ownership.
Lasam explained that the law mandates the implementation of a multi-agency and multi-sectoral National Rabies Prevention and Control Program which is spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture.
The law likewise includes mass vaccination of dogs, establish a regional database system for vaccinated dogs and the impounding of unvaccinated dogs, conduct education campaigns, provide pre-exposure treatment to high-risk personnel and immunization of school children, Lasam added.
Lasam emphasized that the law also outlines responsibilities of pet owners including not allowing their pets to roam without leashes.
Owners should groom their dogs and more importantly assist dog-bite victims and shouldering the expenses incurred by the treatment of the dog-bite victim. (PIA Cagayan) [top]