Greater Sta. Cruz nominated as rabies-free island-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Friday, August 8, 2014
THE Greater Sta. Cruz Island, which is known for its pink sand beach, has been nominated as rabbies-free island by the Zamboanga City Rabies Eradication and Control Coordinating Council (ZCRECCC).
City Veterinarian Dr. Mario Arriola said this came about after Sta. Cruz Island has registered zero-rabies cases for the last five years.
After the nomination, Arriola said the next step is for the RRC to endorse it to the National Rabies Council (NRC).
He said the NRC is the agency that makes the declaration following the endorsement by the RRC.
Arriola together with representatives from the Regional Rabies Council (RRC), Department of Agriculture (DA), and other agencies including city police director Senior Superintendent Angelito Casimiro visited the island Wednesday to conduct verification and validation of the ZCREEC nomination.
He said the declaration of Sta. Cruz Island as rabies-free island will help boost tourism since it is one of the famous attractions in this city.
He said Sta. Cruz Island is observed to be a sanctuary for bats and has an existing village with dogs, cats and other kinds of animals.
There is also a primary school in the island, which is managed by a non-government organization.