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Bulacan, RITM, LGUs sign agreement to establish Rabies Network Model
By: PPAO
Tuesday, 21 January 2020
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SIGNED AGREEMENT. Governor Daniel R. Fernando (center) along with the other stakeholders presented the signed copies of memorandum of agreement regarding the creation of Rabies Network Model (RMN) during the Monday Flag Raising Ceremony at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium, City of Malolos, Bulacan wherein the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) will conduct trials and collect samples in the target municipalities through the animal pound facility. In the photo are (L-R) Board Member Romeo V. Castro, Jr.; Dr. Roel dela Cruz, Guiguinto representative; Dr. Kristin Sevilla, DOH-Bulacan; Dr. Julio Garvida, Paombong representative; Board Member Emily Viceo; Calumpit Mayor Jessie de Jesus; Dr. Celia Carlos, Director IV-RITM; Dr. Ronnie Domingo, Director, Bureau of Animal Industry; Dr. Beatriz Quiambao, Assistant Director, RITM; Dr. Nobuo Saito, JAPOHR; Dr. Voltaire Basinang, Provincial Veterinarian; Capt. Dennis Cruz, Pulilan representative; Provincial Administrator Eugenio Payongayong; Dr. Jocelyn Gomez, PHO-PH head and Koji Shimokawa, JAPOHR. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS- The Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Gov. Daniel R. Fernando, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine represented by Director Dr. Celia Carlos, and representatives from the municipalities of Calumpit, Hagonoy, Paombong, Pulilan, Guiguinto and Bulakan signed the Memorandum of Agreement on the establishment of Rabies Network Model in the province yesterday.

In recognition that rabies incidence in Bulacan is still a major concern because of the consistent animal and human deaths that occur every year, the Project for the Establishment of One Health Rabies Network Model for the Elimination of Rabies in the Philippines or Japan and Philippines One Health Rabies (JAPOHR) aims to introduce a rabies prevention and treatment network model based on a multi-agency and comprehensive approach to contribute in the elimination of rabies in the country.

The responsibilities of the three parties are also included in the said memorandum wherein the RITM through JAPOHR will provide animal pound facility; animal transport vehicle; and technical support to establish RNM while the PGB will allocate budget for activities related to JAPOHR; provide land for the construction of the animal pound facility; assign competent staff and carry out activities based on Anti-Rabies Act (RA 9482) among others.

Moreover, the roles of the municipalities include informing their jurisdiction of the activities; promote responsible pet ownership such as submission for mandatory registration of pets; enact local ordinances in accordance with the said law and support activities related to RNM.

“Ito ay isang proyeko para sa bayan kaya minabuti kong dito gawin para maging witness kayo sa mga ginagawa natin. We are all in this together at umaasa tayo na darating ang panahon na maiiwasan at mawawala din ang rabis,” Fernando said during the Monday flag ceremony.

Also, Dr. Voltaire Basinang, Bulacan Provincial Veterinarian, said that the construction of the said facility will start in February.

Based on the records, there were 48 positive rabies cases in animals in 2019 as compared to 36 in 2018 thus putting Bulacan in second rank with having the highest number of rabies cases in animals in Region 3.

Meanwhile, according to the Provincial Health Office-Public Health there were five human rabies cases in 2019, which is lower than the nine human rabies cases recorded in 2018.

Dr. Jocelyn Gomez said that with the consolidated efforts intended to increase awareness, rabies cases in humans are declining.

“Bumababa, pero meron pa din kaya ‘di tayo pwedeng kumampante,” Gomez said.###

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