Celebrating ‘Rabies Awareness Month’

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Sunday, March 24, 2013


SEVERAL pet lovers in Mati City joined the celebration of this year's Rabies Awareness Month, highlighted by a Pet Fair at the Emmanuel Pelaez Covered Court on March 20, 2013.

The Rabies Awareness Month celebration, spearheaded by Dr. Marites B. Linsag-Erispe of the City Veterinarian Office, has been celebrated for eight years in a row since March 2005, two years before the implementation of the Republic Act (RA) 9480 or the Rabies Act of 2007, which promotes responsible pet ownership by encouraging dog owners to register and have their dogs vaccinated with anti-rabies.

The aim of the celebration is to promote an information education campaign to the people, especially those who have pet dogs, about rabies, a highly fatal zoonotic viral disease.

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According to Dr. Marites B. Linsag-Erispe, the city veterinarian has been very active in the implementation of the RA 9480, considering that the Philippines is currently ranked fourth with the most number of rabies cases in the world.

Linsag-Erispe takes on the challenge of attaining a Rabies-free Philippines by 2020.

The City Government has also been very active in carrying out programs such as animal health mission and continuous barangay visits to do free vaccination, treatment, deworming and vitamin administration to various large and small animals.

Other activities that they have been involved in include animal dispersals of cattle, swine, goat and poultry, regular monitoring of Task Force bantay-karne for illegal slaughter and dog anti-rabies vaccination, dog impounding, and spay and neuter procedures.

The Pet Fair was highlighted by the blessing of the pets by Rev. Angel Crisostomo, dog fashion show, dog exhibition, anti-rabies vaccination, deworming and vitamin supplementation, rabies film showing, rabies forum, and spray and neuter procedures with the Humane Society International.

The program was graced by no less than City Councilor Dennis Tolentino, who represented Mayor Michelle N. Rabat, and Councilor Rosendo "Endoy" Linsag.

There were also special awards given to adorable pets and pet owners such as smallest dog award, largest dog award pet owner with the most entry, people's choice award, and best dressed for small and large categories.

Certificates and prizes with a bundle of giveaways from the sponsors were given to all the participants.

The whole-day activity was fun-filled with many surprises and services. It also served as a venue for the pet owners and their pets to socialize with one another. The Pet Fair made the Emmanuel Pelaez Covered Court so lively with paws, purrs and barks.

Dr. Marites B. Linsag-Erispe expressed her heartfelt gratitude to those who, in one way or another, supported the very successful activity, especially Mayor Michelle N. Rabat, Philippine Veterinary Medical Association-Southern Mindanao Chapter headed by Dr. Jesus Edullantes, Dr. Renato Embate and Dr. Nilfa Embate of Davao del Norte Provincial Office, Dr. Eric Dagmang and Dr. Ibyang Apique of Davao Oriental Provincial Veterinary Office, Dr. Darwin Badilla and Dr. Richard Duites of Humane Society International, Dr. Liza Mae Rapisura and Rica Linsag of Vetmix Animal Clinic in Davao City, and Tessie Garcia of Vetmix Animal Clinic in Mati City, Lakpue Drug Inc., Pfizer Animal Health, VetMatePharma, Lenny Oslob, Roger Omila, former barangay captain Sabas Linsag, and Councilors Virgie Albao, Rosendo "Endoy" Linsag, Sonny Rodriguez and Allan Acera.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 25, 2013.

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