Promotion of health, wellbeing of animals pushed PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 June 2014 11:38

The primary mandate of the Office of the City Veterinarian under the helm of Dr. Mario Arriola is to work tirelessly to promoting the health and wellbeing of animals in the city as well as ensure the protection of consumers of animal products.

To this end, the department is quick to respond and act on reports of marooned animals in need of immediate attention. On December 28, 2013, OCVet personnel attended to a stranded marine mammal in the shoreline of Patalon. Unfortunately, the dolphin did not survive and was later buried in the barangay.

The office also ensures the safety of meat being sold and consumed in the city. Last October 15, 2013, ante- and post-mortem inspections were performed on 436 heads of cattle slaughtered by the Turkish Tolerance School for the celebration of the Feast of Eid’l Adha and the Feast of Sacrifice or Kurban.

But perhaps, OCVet’s biggest contributions to the city last year were its efforts to build back the city and help those affected by the now infamous September siege to get back on their feet.

Because the hostilities of the standoff affected humans and animals alike, OCVet together with Dr. Nelsen Donato of the GMA Network’s “Born to be Wild”, the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) rescued canines and felines displaced during the ensuing gunfights.

The department likewise contributes to the city’s efforts to provide families whose livelihoods were affected by the siege with alternative sources of income. In particular, OCVet assisted the United Nation – World Food Program in the “Food for Work” initiative through the establishment of the Gigantica Trichantera “Madre de Agua” nursery, benefitting 105 families in Mampang and Talon-Talon.

Joining the Early Recovery Cluster Workshop on Emergency Livelihood, the office organized different livestock and poultry raiser associations (LPRA) in barangays Mampang, Arena Blanco, Talon-Talon, San Roque and Pamucutan. These LPRAs were registered with the Emergency Livelihood Program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

In addition, OCVet also spearheaded a seminar on livelihood and poultry raising through the City’s Gender and Development (GAD) for residents of barangays Arena Blanco, Mampang, Talon-Talon, Pamucutan and San Roque. — Claudine Uniana