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Kalinga joins search for Most Compliant Brgy to Anti-Rabies Act

by Larry Lopez

Tabuk, Kalinga (23 September) -- Four barangays in the province have qualified for the Department of Health's (DOH) Search for the Most Compliant Barangay to the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007 in support to the Rabies Eradiation Program of the country.

Provincial Rabies Prevention and Control Program Coordinator Jose Pardito Jr said these barangays that qualified based on-going anti-rabies prevention and control programs are Barangays Liwan East, Romualdez and Calaocan of Rizal town and Barangay Malucsad of Pasil.

Criteria of the search include zero human and canine case in the area - 20%; existence of anti-rabies advocacy program - 30%; implementation of local ordinance against rabies - 10% and conduct of program on dog immunization and dog registration - 40%.

The criterion on dog immunization and registration requires that at least 80% of the dog population in the barangay is vaccinated against rabies. The period covered in the search is June 2009 to June 2010.

According to Pardito, the regional search team will make the final evaluation in October to determine the winners in the regional category, who will be the region's entry to the national level.

Pardito said the search is the first round conducted by the DOH towards its goal of attaining a rabies-free Philippines in the year 2020.

Giving updates on the province's Bantay Rabies sa Barangay Program, Pardito said there is tremendous reduction in both canine and human rabies cases in Kalinga since the start of the program in 2008.

In 2008, dog or canine rabies rate was reported at 60% with three human deaths. In 2009, the rate was brought down to 22% for canine rabies and zero human death.

According to Pardito, there are two municipalities in the province that are actively implementing Rabies Prevention and Control Programs namely Pasil and Rizal.

Through the support of Pasil Mayor James Edduba, massive vaccination and registration of dogs is done in the municipality. It has trained 36 volunteer rabies vaccinators who are covering all barangays.

For Rizal, the first pilot municipality of the program, there was zero rabies case for both canine and human in the past because of sustained implementation of the program. Pardito acknowledged local governments' support to the program through the funds for rabies vaccines. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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