CAMARINES NORTE STATE COLLEGE
Daet, Camarines Norte
POLICY ANALYSIS: PROVINCIAL ORDINANCE NO. 26-03 OTHERWISE KNOWN AS AN ORDINANCE ENFORCING RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP AND INSTITUTIONALIZING
RABIES CONTROL MEASURES TOWARDS
RABIES FREE CAMARINES NORTE
MARIA CRISTINA C. AZUELO, Ph., D.
in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master in Public Administration
Mila Jean A. Cabase
Jay Q. Canaria
Arnie P. Delos Reyes
Vivencio Z. Maigue Jr.
Lilian Y. Rafon
The dog is supposed to be a man’s best friend, if the dog gets a good person to look after him then life is good but unfortunately, this is not the case for most of them in the world. Stray dogs are not a random occurrence but a symptom of a bigger problem caused by the following: irresponsible pet ownership, pet owners not spaying/neutering their pets, people still BUYING and BREEDING instead of adopting and rescuing animals. The typical stray in the Philippines are domesticated animals. Those owners that could no longer afford to provide their pets a better living abandoned their dogs especially those that are not familiar with Spay and Neuter or Kapon (safe, surgical procedures done by veterinarians to keep animals from reproducing) think that this is the only way they can get rid to a bigger number of pets. Some let their dogs roam freely in the community that resulted to a dog bites and are dumped into the streets intact. These intact animals will mate with other strays and it is common that they are fighting for each other and passers-by may be bitten. Once get pregnant and give birth these resulted to a more unwanted dogs. Stray dogs frequently suffering from hunger and illness, seek food and shelter in human communities. They are often seen as a nuisance and health hazard by the people who live alongside them and even occupying the road that cause vehicular accidents. If dogs are not fed at home, they seek for their survival. They are seen eating out of the garbage that is thrown in the open by the people. Such scenes present a dirty look and cause inconvenience to the passers-by. Passers-by could not walk by these garbage mounds due to foul smells and fear that these dogs could attack them. The garbage mounds are a breeding ground for germs of diseases in the community. They are often tortured and abused by children and even adults. They are beaten with sticks, kicked or even have rocks thrown at them to drive them away. Many small or young dogs are forced by hunger to compete with the bigger street wise type of dog who gives no mercy regardless of size. These kinds of small dogs get injured, resulted to open wounds which could easily get infected because nobody take care or treat them. It so sad to see a dog with a skin disease which has caused all the hair to fall out and skin goes pink. These dogs are constantly scratching and open up wounds on their skin as the itching is totally uncomfortable. This scene is really an eyesore to all. Once infected, these dogs may not survive and their dead bodies could see in the streets and may cause diseases out of the decomposing body. Those situations cited lead for the bigger problems with the stray dogs that should be address in the province of Camarines Norte. There are many rabies victims in the country in most especially in the Province of Camarines Norte, and the different municipalities therein. The Department of Agriculture, Department of Health, the Provincial and Municipal Agriculturist of the Local Government Units, are providing funds every year and spending millions of pesos for this purpose. The Department of Health and Rural Health Units are very busy in treating rabies victims. Some were cured by injecting anti-rabies vials while others who are culture sensitive used the alternative medicine “tambal” or any other traditional...