CEBU CITY, Philippines - In the entire month of June this year, the City Government of Cebu thru its Department of Veterinary Medicine and Fisheries (DVMF) is observing the Local Rabies Awareness Month.

In a Press Conference held on June 5 at the Mayor's Conference Room 2, Dr. Alice Utlang, head of DVMF said that they are embarking on addressing the increasing rabies cases in the different Barangays in Cebu City and providing accessible services to everyone.

Dr. Utlang said that the high risk villages for rabies are Barangay's Apas, Guadalupe, Quiot, Tisa, Sapangdaku, Babag, Cogon Ramos, Zapatera and Luz, adding that the medium risk villages included Basak Pardo, Tejero, Lahug, Kinasang-an, Talamban, Kamputhaw, Duljo Fatima, Toong, San Antonio, Bonbon, Pahina Central, Mambaling, Busay and Buhisan.

The City Veterinarian also urged pet owners to have their dogs registered and vaccinated as DVMF will strictly implement City Ordinance 2238 or an ordinance further amending City Ordinance No. 1611, as amended, entitled: “City Pound and Rabies Control in the City of Cebu Under the Office of the City Veterinarian”.

Meanwhile, on June 25, DVMF will hold the Asong Pinoy Day from 9am to 4pm at the Plaza Independencia. Free Veterinary Medical Services, Pet Adoption, Fun Games with exciting prizes will be conducted the activity. It is open to all pet owners with free registration.

Moreover, during the Press Con, Dr. Utlang likewise gave to the Media a copy of all permits for the transfer of some Cebu City Zoo Animals to the Dreamland Nature and Adventure Park, in Amlan, Negros Oriental. The transfer was questioned by some opposition members of the Cebu City Council. (By: Greggy P. Senados/ City of Cebu, Public Information Office)