In celebration of the Rabies Awareness Month, the Office of the Veterinary Services of LGU-Tacurong, headed by City Veterinarian Dra. Hermenegilda S. Sanque, together with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Education (DepEd) conducted a school-based symposium on rabies awareness on March 22 at the New Isabela Central School gymnasium.

More than two hundred 4th and 5th graders attended the activity together with their class advisors, members of the faculty, and school principal Dr. Jeanilyn C. Batchar, PhD.

Aside from Dra. Sanque, other members of the panel were Dr. Jeneffer R. Bulawan, Regional Rabies Coordinator of the DOH, Dr. John B. Pascual, OIC Asst. Director for Operation of the DOH, and Mrs. Riza L. Abejero of the city’s Animal Bites and Treatment Center.

With the theme “Rabies Iwasan, Alaga’y Pabakunahan”, the panelists gave information on rabies and emerging livestock diseases, responsible pet ownership, the Anti-Rabies Act or Republic Act 9482, animal bite treatment, and other anti-rabies information.

Barangay New Isabela was also the chosen beneficiary of this year’s Rabies Awareness Month. From March 14 to 22, the personnel from the city veterinary office conducted a house-to-house visit with the residents of the barangay and provided free anti-rabies vaccine to a total of 1,073 pet dogs.

During the symposium, the city vet personnel provided veterinary services to the residents of Brgy. New Isabela including free anti-rabies vaccine, free consultation, deworming, and minor treatment.

The same symposium was conducted at Tacurong Pilot Elementary School on March 23 with over a thousand learners in attendance.(YMR, LGU-Tacurong Information)