This year marks the 10th World Rabies Day Celebration which carries the theme, “Rabies: Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate.” The celebration will highlight the awarding of rabies-free zones and Best Local Government Unit (LGU) Implementers of the Rabies Program on September 28, 2016 at the Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority Conference Hall, BAI Compound, Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.
The NRPCC has declared 35 rabies-free zones since 2008. This year, three zones will be added to the list. These are the Municipality of Romblon, Romblon; Municipality of San Jose, Romblon; and Pan de Azukar Islands of Concepcion, Iloilo. This initiative is jointly handled by the DOH and DA-BAI as mandated by the Joint DOH-DA Order No. 1, Series of 2008 (“Guidelines for Declaring Rabies-Free Zones”).
Furthermore, 37 LGUs from all over the country will be awarded as Best Rabies Program Implementers. This is to recognize the LGU's efforts in educating the community, vaccinating the dogs and hopefully, eliminating the deadly disease by 2020. Recognition of the best implementers was made possible through the funding of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)-BAI Stop Transboundary Animal Diseases and Zoonoses (STANDZ) Rabies Project.
Pursuant to the Republic Act No. 9482 or the “Anti-Rabies Act of 2007”, the Department of Agriculture (DA) through BAI is mandated to implement the National Rabies Prevention and Control Program together with the Department of Health-Disease Prevention and Control Bureau (DOH-DPCB), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and partners from the academe, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), and People's Organization.
World Rabies Day is an annual global campaign, initiated by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) in partnership with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), OIE and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). It aims to raise awareness on the impact of human and canine rabies, its prevention and control, and to eliminate the disease for both humans and animals.