The QC Veterinary Department and Barangay Masagana received the recognition last March 2, 2018 during the 2018 Rabies Awareness Kick-off Ceremony held at Caloocan Sports Complex, Caloocan City.
The QC Alis Rabies Drive (QC ARD) is an all-year round anti-rabies vaccination campaign implemented by the City Veterinary Department in the city's 142 barangays.
The QC Veterinary Department has partnered with Humane Society International, an international nongovernment organization, to implement its massive anti-rabies program. Using a GPS guided tracking tool, they were able to identify problem areas for the vaccination campaign. The smartphone app records vaccinations and geo-tags locations where vaccination has been conducted.
According to Dr. Lutgardo Albat, administrative officer of the QC Veterinary Department, they have vaccinated more than 100,000 dogs last year. About 17,000 of these are from Payatas which has the largest number of dogs among QC barangays. Albat said that rabies cases in the city have dropped from 25 cases in 2016 to 14 cases last year as they aim to further lower the number this year.
The government is targeting to eradicate rabies in the country by 2020.