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Search on for top 3 villages implementing rabies control program

by Rachelle Nessia

Dumaguete City (27 May) -- The Provincial Rabies Control Committee has launched a Search for the Best Barangays in the Rabies Control Program as part of its advocacy measure to encourage local government units to strictly enforce rabies control and prevention measures.

A Rabies Evaluation Team has been formed to conduct on-site evaluation and judging of the three villages endorsed by the six local inter-health zones in the province.

Each of the six local inter-health zones will submit their three barangay entries which will be evaluated by said team based on a set of criteria.

The team's judging will start on June 4 and will end on June 16.

The team is composed of representatives from five government agencies here, namely: the Integrated Provincial Health Office, Provincial Veterinary Office, Department of Education, Department of Interior and Local Government and the Philippine Information Agency.

The team's first scheduled stop is in Bayawan City on June 4 where they will evaluate the three villages endorsed by the Sta. Bayabas health zone, namely Brgys. Tayawan, Ubos and Villareal all located in Bayawan City.

Sta. Bayabas covers Sta. Catalina, Bayawan City and Basay.

To date, only Sta. Bayabas has submitted entries for said search.

The nominated villages will be judged based on the absence of human rabies cases in their area, presence of a barangay ordinance based on RA 9482 or the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007, presence of rabies prevention and control activities and dog registration and dog vaccination accomplishment.

Winners in the provincial search will then be submitted for evaluation in the regional level in Cebu City, after which the regional winners will compete at the national level.

Provincial Veterinary Officer Dr. Antonio Mutia said that awarding of the national winners will be done during the World Rabies Day observation in September. (PIA/rmn) [top]

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