THE Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) for Rabies Prevention and Control in Western Visayas is planning to hold “Kaadlawan sang mga Ido” in celebration of the Rabies Awareness Month in March 2018.
Dr. Pacifico Lumawag, Regional Rabies Coordinator of the Department of Agriculture (DA)-6, said the event will be done in two separate dates – the kick-off activity on March 2 and an awarding ceremony tentatively set on March 16.
“The proposed activities for March 2 at City Time Square here will include spay and neuter campaign, seminars on human rabies, animal rabies and welfare, pet hygiene, grooming, responsible pet ownership, free consultation including vaccination and deworming, among others,” Lumawag said.
He said the RTWG will also mount kiosks and exhibits of pet animals, wildlife and pet supplies and will hold poster making and slogan making competitions for students.
The celebration will also feature a ‘dog fashion show’ which will showcase mongrel, mixed breed, and purebred dogs.
The RTWG also plans to hold an awarding ceremony to recognize local government units in Western Visayas that have successfully implemented programs on rabies prevention and control.
March has been declared Rabies Awareness Month pursuant to Executive Order No. 84, series of 1999. It aims to strengthen public awareness on the prevention, control, and management of rabies.
Rabies is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal.
Infection occurs primarily via bite wounds, or infected saliva entering an open cut or wound or mucous membranes, such as those in the mouth, nasal cavity or eyes. (PIA-Iloilo)