Vice-Governor’s Solidarity Message: Public Hearing on the Anti-Rabies Ordinance of Misamis Occidental

The ever supportive Provincial Lady Governor, Honorable Herminia M. Ramiro, the Committee on Health and Social Services of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, chaired by the enthusiastic Honorable Octavio, “Avio” O. Parojinog, Jr. who is unfortunately not with us today due to health reasons. I know that if only he could, moanhi jud to cya kay first ever authored Ordinance raba unta ni niya nga for public hearing. But anyway, we have here with us, the hardworking Vice-Chairperson, the Honorable Lel M. Blanco, along with his supportive members, the Honorable Roy Rap, Honorable Dan Navarro and Honorable Tito Decina. The very competent members of the Technical Working Group in the drafting of this Ordinance who are also the resource persons in this public hearing. To you, I would like to express my gratitude, “Thank you very much for your unwavering support!” The Municipal and City Health Officers and Veterinarians, the Coalition for the Elimination of Rabies in Misamis Occidental or CER Mis. Occ., the Provincial Implementation and Coordination Team (PICT), the Provincial Department Heads, representatives and coordinators from the different Animal Bite Treatment Centers in the Province, POs and CSOs, guests, friends, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon!

 In just a span of one month, again, we are here for another public hearing conducted by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, through the Committee on Health and Social Services, capably chaired by Honorable Octavio O. Parojinog, Jr. The Committee is submitting in this afternoon’s public hearing, the Proposed Ordinance 45-16 (Revised), “An Ordinance Adopting Republic Act No. 9482 Otherwise Known as the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007 and Providing Guidelines for its Effective Implementation in the Province of Misamis Occidental”. This morning, the Committee on Natural Resources, Environment and Ecology conducted a public hearing on the Proposed Ordinance No. 09-17, “An Ordinance Prohibiting the Use of Modified or Deteriorated Muffler or Exhaust (Tambutso) in All Motorcycles and Motorized Vehicles for Private or Public Use Travelling within the Province of Misamis Occidental”. As the Vice-Governor and Presiding Officer, leading a working Sanggunian is an honor and a privilege. My salute to the Committee on Health and Social Services of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Mga kaigsoonan ko, sukad sauna ug hangtod karon, sa dugay na kaayo nga panahon nga ang gobyerno ug katilingban nag-atubang ug nag-antos niining problema sa rabies. Ngano kaha no? Usa sa akong matumbok nga hinungdan mao ang mentalidad sa atong mga kaigsoonan nga ang tinguha ra sa pagbuhi ug iro is aron naay mobantay sa balay. Ang iro dili huktan aron paakon ang mosulod labi na ug walay tawo sa balay. Daghan kaayong mga layaw nga iro. Nahibalo ta nga daghan ang carrier sa rabies virus pero ang pinaka daghan ug kasagaran mao gyud ang iro.

Prevention is always better than cure. Mao jud ni ang sagad natong madunggan, galing lang, kay wala kaayo nato hatagi ug pagtagad ug gimbug-aton. Sumala sa Department of Health, “Rabies is considered to be a neglected disease, which is 100% fatal though 100% preventable. It is not among the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the country, but it is regarded as significant public health problem because (1) it is one of the most acutely fatal infection and (2) it is responsible for the death of 200-300 Filipinos annually. So hopefully, through the enactment of this Ordinance, we can strengthen the measures in addressing rabies-related problems sama sa mandatory dog registration, aside pa sa massive dog immunication, ug ang pag-install ug dog tags after sa dog registration and even ang pag promote sa responsible pet ownership kay dako gyud ug role ang mga pet owners so we can successfully eliminate rabies in our province.

 Daghan kaayong mapaakan ug iro ug mahal kaayo ang bakuna. Tungod niini, ang Sangguniang Panlalawigan dinhi sa atong probinsya naninguha sa pagpanday ug balaodnon isip maoy atong contribution sa Rabies Control and Prevention Program sa atong pangagamhanan aron ma-address kini nga problema. Ug manghinaut ako sa pagbulig sa tanan gayud aron makab-ot nato ang vision sa atong probinsya: To declare Misamis Occidental a Rabies-Free Province. In this fight, no less than our Lady Governor has and still is at the helm of rabies control and prevention in our Province. I would like to mention that even before the enactment of this Ordinance, Ma’am Hermie already made this as a component of the Go-Hermie Program, specifically, the massive vaccination of dogs and the on-going education campaign against rabies. Thank you, Ma’am.

To all those who are present in this afternoon’s public hearing, I look forward to a healthy and friendly exchange of ideas, and more than that, I urge everyone, that in this endeavor, you will become an active partner and advocate of rabies control and prevention in your respective locality. Because, after all, this is for the benefit and safety of the people in Misamis Occidental. Thank you very much and MAY GOD BLESS US ALL. MABUHAY!

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