Kalinga vet offices strengthen anti-rabies drive
The provincial veterinaty office provides free rabies vaccination in continuing efforts to prevent rabies cases in the province,
Dr. Godofredo Laed of the provincial veterinary office said they conducted ring vaccination against rabies after dog head samples were found positive of rabies. He bared that nine of 14 dog head samples brought to the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Tuguegarao City from January to August were positive of rabies There were six from Tabuk, two in Pinukpuk and one in Pasil. The ring vaccination was done witin a 5-kilometer radius from where the dogs with rabies originated.
The regular preventive vaccination is also being done in other municipalities simultaneous with information, education and communication on responsible dog ownership.
“We also conduct castration on male dogs and spaying on female dogs to control population of rabies carriers,” Laed said.
Meanwhile, ten poor families of a “Pumiyaan” barangay in this town are recipients of a carabao dispersal sponsored by the Department of Agriculture and awarded through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).
Ten heads of carabaos were recently released to beneficiaries in Gaang to help them rise from poverty through the Pumiyaan project of the provincial government. Gaang is one among selected poor barangays in the province to receive convergence of government services.
DA Secretary Emannuel Pinol during one of his visits to the province committed to give animal dispersal for the Pumiyaan project. Gov. Jocel Baac endorsed to the PSWDO this initial release to identified beneficiaries. By Peter A. Balocnit ( JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)