DA-BAI and DOH Declare 3 Rabies Free Zones

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The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI) and Department of Health (DOH) has declared the municipalities of Romblon, Romblon,  San Jose, Romblon and Pan de Azukar Islands of Concepcion, Iloilo as Rabies Free Zones during the celebration of the World Rabies Day on September 28, 2016 at the Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (FPA) Conference Hall, BAI Compound, Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.

The said activity marked  the 10th World Rabies Day Celebration with the theme, “Rabies: Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate.”

Aside from the  awarding of rabies free zones, the event also highlighted the recognition of 37 Best Implementers of the Rabies Program. Among of the awardees were:

1.      Province of Ilocos Norte

2.      San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan

3.      Province of Batangas

4.      Province of Marinduque

5.      Iloilo City

6.      Province of Bohol

7.      Province of Siquijor

8.      Province of Cebu

9.      Cebu City

10.  Lapu- lapu City

11.  Province of Biliran

12.  Limasawa, Southern Leyte

13.  Catarman, Northern Samar

14.  Calbayog City, Samar

15.  Ormoc City, Leyte

16.  Zamboanga City

17.  Dipolog City

18.  Province of Agusan del Sur

19.  Surigao City, Surigao del Norte

20.  Cabadbaran City

21.  Province of Negros Occidental

22.  Province of Negros Oriental

23.  Bacolod City

24.  Dumaguete City

25.  Province of Albay

26.  Naga City

27.  Legazpi City

28.  Polangui, Albay

29.  Daraga, Albay

30.  San Fernando, Masbate

31.  Island Garden City of Samal

32.  Digos City

33.  Pateros City

34.  Valenzuela City

35.  Marikina City

36.  Muntinlupa City

37.  San Juan City

The said recognition was made possible through the funding of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)-BAI Stop Transboundary Animal Diseases and Zoonoses (STANDZ) Rabies Project.

To date, a total of 38 areas were already declared as rabies free zones. Initiated in 2007 by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), World Rabies Day is an annual world-wide celebration. In the Philippines, it is spearheaded by the National Rabies Prevention and Control Committee (NRPCC), a multi-sectoral committee being chaired by DA-BAI .

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