OPVet reminds dog owners to have their pets vaccinated against rabies

BONTOC, Mountain Province, Feb. 28(PIA)-- The Office of the Provincial Veterinary (OPVet) is reminding dog owners to have their pets vaccinated against rabies in efforts to totally eradicate the dreaded disease in the province.


Provincial Veterinarian Rodel Bagawi told government employees here that the OPVet and the Municipal Agricultural Offices (MAO) will conduct anti-rabies mass vaccination as one highlight of the observance of the National Rabies Awareness Month this March.

The yearly dog anti-rabies vaccination drive is in support to the national government’s campaign of rabies-free Philippines by 2020.

Bagawi said pet owners can bring their pets to their respective MAOs or to the OPVet for the free anti-rabies immunization.  Barangays officials can also coordinate with their MAO for the scheduling of the anti-rabies vaccination in their barangays.

Veterinarians maintained that mass vaccination of dogs is the most effective way of controlling and eradicating rabies, which is one cause of deaths among humans. They said rabies can be eradicated if all dog owners will have their pets three months old and above vaccinated.

Bagawi said the province should have zero rabies cases since 2010 if not for the one case reported in municipality Bauko in 2015.

The decreasing number if not zero rabies cases in the province is attributed to the annual anti-rabies immunization drives.

In urging pet owners to have their dogs immunized against rabies, Bagawi cited Republic Act 9482 or the Anti-Rabies Law which provides that dog owners are liable if and when their dogs bite someone especially in public places. The law requires the dog owner to pay for the vaccination of both the dog and the individual bitten and to shoulder the medical expenses of the victim.

Meanwhile, veterinarians advised individuals who are bitten or scratched by dogs or cats to immediately wash the wounds with soap and clean running water to reduce the risk of rabies infection and then seek medical treatment from the nearest hospital or clinic. By: Andrew Doga-ong (JDP/ABD-PIA CAR, Mt.Province)


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Mt. Province Destinations

Alab Petroglyph

The Alab Petroglyph is a huge rock formation that was inscribed with bows and arrows and is believed to have contained the ancient fertility rites of natives.

Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.