In celebration of the annual Rabies Awareness Month, the City Veterinary Services Office (City Vet) of Tacurong held a free mass rabies vaccination and castration of pet dogs and cats in Barangay San Pablo Gymnasium on March 24.
Dubbed “Libreng Kapon at Bakuna para sa Aso at Pusa — Ipakapon, Huwag Itapon”, the activity was able to register and vaccinate more than 160 pets and castrate another 70.
The operations were led by City Veterinarian Dr. Allan Alimajen with help from other private veterinarians who volunteered for the activity.
Nutri Chunks (San Miguel Inc. Animal Health & Pet Care), Petwellness Animal Clinic, Fanfreluche Enterprise, Inc. also generously sponsored freebies such as pet foods and vitamins.
Also part of the month- long celebration was the advocacy campaign on responsible pet ownership and rabies awareness. The personnel of the City Vet conducted the same at the barangay assemblies.
This year’s Rabies Awareness Month has a theme “Maging Responsableng Amo, Huwag Hayaang Gumala ang Alagang Pusa’t Aso.” (YMR, LGUTac-Info)
In high hopes of instituting a sustainable swine raising in Tacurong, the City Agricultural Services Office in collaboration with the City Veterinaryn Office gave out forty (40) native swine piglets to qualified and identified recipients from the city, March 5, 2021.
This venture was open to all Tacurongnons as it seeks to alleviate the shortage of swine supply in the city by providing livelihood assistance, especially to the farmers, through livestock production.
City Veterinarian Dr. Allan Alimajen Jr. stressed that native piglets were chosen instead of the high breed ones to cultivate low maintenance hog-raising and promote a healthier source of swine meat due to their leaner meat and higher resistance to ailments.
The native piglets released were offspring of the city government’s own hog and boar and were reared for two months in the multiplier farm in Brgy. Kalandagan.
To prolong the impact of the project for the years to come, the recipients were subjected to an orientation and contract signing which provided them the terms and provisions of the swine dispersal.
Under the contract, the recipients were obligated to return to the city government the book value of P1, 500.00 for each male piglet after 8 months. Meanwhile, the same book value plus an amount of P1, 500.00 for one offspring will be paid after one year for each female piglet received by the farmer from the city agriculture. Failure to comply with the conditions of the agreement will result to the blacklisting of the recipient on all future dispersal endeavors of the city government.
Through this, the city government can ensure the success of the assistance as well as the trickling down of more opportunities to other residents of Tacurong.
City Agriculturist Leoncia Nebres represented the City Agricultural Services Office and oversaw the orientation and dispersal program.
The City Veterinary Office also conveyed that they are open to assist any supplementation and vaccination needs of the swines. (DEC, LGU-TacInformation)
March was Rabies Awareness Month and the City Veterinary Services Office (City Vet) was hard at work with various anti-rabies activities including rabies vaccinations and information dissemination in the communities.
City Veterinarian, Dra. Hermenegilda Sanque, reported that her office kicked off their anti-rabies campaign in Barangay New Isabela on March 9. The services given included free anti-rabies shots to the residents’ pet dogs and information drive on rabies and other animal diseases including African swine flu and foot and mouth disease, which afflict livestock, and bird flu, which affects poultry and other migratory birds.
The City Vet also conducted the same activity in barangay Calean and San Pablo on different dates. In total, the City Vet was able to vaccinate 2,010 dogs in Tacurong City for the entire period of March.
Out of the 15,000 canine population in Tacurong, 82% were administered with anti-rabies vaccination last year. In 2019, the City Vet aims to accomplish 92%.
On March 15, the City Vet also conducted a Rabies Awareness Symposium in front of hundreds of students at the Tacurong Pilot Elementary School.(YMR, LGUTac-Info)