Written by Jay-ar M. Arante
The status of Boracay Island as “rabies free” delighted DOH Assistant Secretary, Enrique Tayag.
It was learned that the Island of Boracay was declared by the Department of Health (DOH) “rabies free” because there had been no case of rabies for three (3) consecutive years here.
“World Rabies Day” was held on Saturday, September 28 and as a celebration, a program was held in Boracay by different national agencies in the country which included the World Health Organization (WHO), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and other private sectors.
At the event, Boracay was commended for being rabies free and its three (3) villages were given awards.
In much gladness over the development, the DOH Assistant Secretary presented three (3) dances from campaign activities he popularized against diseases.
Meanwhile, Mayor John Yap was glad over the received accolade and promised that he would not allow rabies to enter the island.
Based on information, only the Islands of Guiamaras and Boracay are the first areas in Western Visayas declared as rabies free.
Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus