Animal bite centers for Palawan eyed

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The Palawan Provincial Board (PB) passed a resolution seeking the establishments of Animal Bite Training Centers (ABTC) in all municipalities as it aims to be declared rabies-free.

Board Member Marivic Roxas said the need for the bite centers came up during the meeting of the Provincial Rabies Control Committee (PRCC) where it was agreed that there is a need to have an effective measure to promote awareness and responsibilities among Palaweños and pet owners.

Roxas said bringing the services closer to the people is one of the steps to attain the target to be rabies-free province.

“Para mas maging malapit ‘to sa ating mga kababayan kaya gusto sana natin na ma-prioritize ito. Bilang tugon na rin sa ating target na maging rabbies free tayo. Isa pa, it will also help our constituents na maging responsible sa mga alaga nila,” Roxas said.

The proposed ABTC will perform all provision of the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007 and its other rules and regulations mandated to effectively control and prevent rabies-related incidents.

Dogs and other pets will also need to register at the ABTC to get their name tags, she said.

Roxas added that the animal bite centers that will  be established in the municipalities will be assisted by the Provincial Engineer’s Office.

She however, said there is no availble data on the number of stray dogs and animal bite cases.

“Lahat ng mga concerns ng ating mga kababayan na may kinalaman sa rabies ay dito pupunta. Sa ngayon kasi may mga nakakagat pa rin ng aso, kaya isa sa kagandahan nito ay malalaman mo kung sino ang may-ari ng aso na kumagat kasi may name tag sila,” Roxas said

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