As a response to the national and provincial government’s call on the eradication of rabies, the Local Government Unit of Jagna thru the Municipal Rabies Prevention and Eradication Council (MRPEC) manifested its support thru the launching of March as Rabies Awareness Month on March 20, 2015. The launching formally opens the municipality’s 3-month program on anti-rabies and responsible pet ownership IEC and dog vaccination to the 33 barangays conducted annually by the Municipal Agriculture Office headed by Mr. Camilo Rizano.
During the launching, a motorcade participated by the MRPEC, municipal elected officials and employees and concerned citizens opened the day’s activities. After the motorcade was a symbolic flying of balloons and declaration of the MRPEC its full support for a rabies-free Jagna and a rabies-free province of Bohol. On board the DYPJ for a discussion on rabies in humans and rabies in animals as well as the paralegal aspects of the provincial ordinance on rabies are Dr. Stella Marie Lapiz, provincial veterinarian; Ms. Polizena A. Rances, provincial rabies coordinator and Mr. Romulo Garcia of the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian. A short program followed recognizing the top 3 performing Bantay Rabis sa Barangay Councils in the municipality based on their performance in dog vaccination as against the total dog population of their respective barangays. Ranking first is barangay Looc with 98.63% followed by barangay Cantagay, 96.77% and third is barangay Calabacita, 93.33%. The top performers received plaques of recognition and cash.
Rabies is a deadly disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are 55,000 people who die of rabies every year mostly in Asia and Africa and 40% of people bitten by suspect animals are children under 15 years of age. The Philippines is among the countries that have high cases of rabies according to the WHO. In response to this alarming public health concern, Republic Act No. 9482 (Anti-Rabies Act of 2007) “An Act Providing for the Control and Elimination of Human and Animal Rabies, Prescribing Penalties for Violation Thereof and Appropriating Funds Therefor” was ratified. The National Rabies Prevention and Control Program (NRPCP) is tasked by the government to plan for strategies in the prevention and eradication of this deadly disease in the country by 2020.