A veterinarian conducts spay operation on a dog in one of their programs. (Photo Courtesy of CVO)

The City Veterinary Office (CVO) of Puerto Princesa City will conduct a week-long free rabies vaccination, spaying, and neutering program in five barangays in June.

Dr. Indira Santiago, city veterinarian chief, said the mass vaccination program targets around 10,000 dogs in Barangays San Miguel, San Jose, Irawan, Sicsican, and Sta. Monica.

“Doon din sa mga area na ‘yon gaganapin ang spay and neuter program. Doon kakapunin at ila-ligate ‘yong mga aso. Dadalhin nila let’s say sa basketball court, ise-set-up doon,” Santiago said

She said they will accommodate at least one hundred dogs per day for spay and neuter operations.

The program will help minimize rabies cases in the city and control the growth of the dog population.

Records at the CVO showed that Puerto Princesa City now has a dog population of 35,000.

There has been one confirmed rabies case in 2018, another case in 2017, and no cases in 2016.

Santiago said her office wants to have a rabies-free Puerto Princesa by 2020.

It will only be realized if there will be no confirmed rabies case for two consecutive years, she also said.

“[This will be from] June 3 to 7. Everyday ‘yan sa iba’t-ibang barangay. We are trying to control [ang rabies cases in the city]. Sana two years na [consecutive] wala tayong kaso [ng rabies in dogs] kaya nga nagbabakuna tayo,” Santiago added.

Residents from other barangays may also bring their dogs to any of the five barangays.