THREE villages in Negros Oriental were adjudged the best three Barangays in the Rabies Control Program this year by the Rabies Evaluation Committee.

Rachelle Nessia, of the Philippine Information Office and member of the Rabies Evaluation Committee told Sun.Star that the three barangays include Villareal, Boyco, and Tayawan all of Bayawan City.

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She said Barangay Villareal got 96 points followed by Barangay Boyco with 93 points and Barangay Tayawan with 88 points.

Nessia said the three barangays will be the province's bet for the search at the regional level.

The evaluation team headed by its chairman, Integrated Provincial Health Office Provincial Rabies Coordinator Alicia Yap, conducted site evaluations and interviews in the six-district health zones in the province from June 4 to 17 to evaluate barangays based on a set of criteria.

Points were given for absence of human rabies cases, the presence of barangay ordinance based on RA 9482 or the Anti-Rabies Act, presence of rabies prevention and control activities and dog registration and dog vaccination accomplishment between June 2009 to June 2010.

The team during the evaluation period met with various health officers and veterinary technicians in the health zones.

Provincial Veterinary Officer Dr. Antonio Mutia earlier said that the search likewise aims to prompt local government units to boost the rabies control and prevention program in their localities. (Victor L. Camion)