NAVAL, Biliran, February 6 (PIA) – Tradition is broken this year for the venue of the rabies awareness month celebration which will be held in March.

The members of the Biliran provincial rabies prevention and control committee in a meeting on Friday, February 6, picked Barangay Lico in Naval, Biliran as the venue for the rabies awareness month celebration that will be held on March 10.

It has been already a tradition of the Biliran PRPCC to hold the rabies awareness month celebration or any other activities related to rabies program in a municipality here in the province of Biliran for so long a time.

Barangay Lico headed by Engr. Camilo Castro, was a regional awardee of the Department of Health (DOH) in Eastern Visayas in the best sanitation practices category in 2013.

It was learned from Salita Montejo, Biliran provincial DOH representative, that Barangay Lico got the award because of its effective and efficient implementation of its rabies prevention and control, program where it is one of the criteria for the award.

Dr. Salvacion G. Salas, representative of the Biliran Medical Society during the Biliran PRPCC meeting, opined that it is worthwhile holding the rabies awareness month celebration in a barangay where rabies prevention and control program is successful so that other barangays in Biliran province will be encouraged to emulate what Barangay Lico has done.

The 26 top village officials in Naval town plus the seven presidents of the association of barangay captains in seven other towns in Biliran province are invited for them to witness and see for themselves how Barangay Lico successfully implemented its rabies prevention and control program.

The day-long rabies awareness month celebration will be started with a motorcade which will start in Barangay Sabang and will traverse in barangays Agpangi, Atipolo, Smo. Rosario, then to Sito Lupa in Barangay Calumpang and to Barangay Lico.

Other activities include the holding of a program where part is for Lico Barangay Captain to share to barangays captains present during the celebration the best practices on rabies prevention and control program.

Free dog vaccination, spaying and neuter, presentation on updates of the province’ rabies prevention and control program and knowledge sharing on responsible pet ownership will also be conducted in Barangay Lico to highlight the celebration of the Rabies Awareness Month.

The province of Biliran has been consistent in its successful implementation of the rabies prevention and control program with still zero recorded incidence of rabies until now since it was declared as a rabies-free province on October 11, 2012 by DOH and the Department of Agriculture. # (fj/rvictoria/PIA 8 Biliran)

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