Philippines

Rabies Elimination Progress

Latest SARE score: 3.5 (2018)
In-country SARE assessment done: Yes
(2016)

The Stepwise Approach towards Rabies Elimination (SARE) is a practical planning, monitoring and evaluation tool to guide, develop and refine rabies control programmes. It provides measurable steps, designed as a logical flow of activities, to progress from Stage 0 to Stage 5, in efforts towards freedom from dog-transmitted rabies.

A SARE score of 3.5 out of 5 signifies that the country is nearing freedom from dog-mediated human rabies, with a concurrent decline in animal rabies cases.

 

View the Philippines' National Rabies Elimination Strategy

2018: SARE assessment at an ARACON meeting
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Epidemiological Data

This country is using the Rabies Epidemiological Bulletin but has not agreed to share their data publicly.

In-country Capacity Building

February 2021
Muntinlupa City
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Rabies education materials were distributed to the Early Childhood Education and Development Division of Muntinlupa City. These materials include activity books and sheets containing age-appropriate activities to teach children about rabies, responsible pet ownership and bite prevention.

September 2019
Bagac, Bataan
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GARC assisted in the development of the program and workshop facilitation for the creation of the 2020-2030 National Rabies Elimination Plan. The workshop was attended by representatives from the different agencies of the National Rabies Prevention and Control Committee as well as Regional Rabies Coordinators from the health and agriculture sector. 

May 2019
Dumaguete City
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Medical doctors, nurses and dentists from the Department of Education where given an orientation about rabies and an overview of the rabies lesson plans developed (more information).

January 2019
Muntinlupa City
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GARC facilitated the training of barangay health workers, barangay rabies coordinators (village animal health volunteers), medical and veterinary personnel on early warning and rapid response through the Community Based Rabies Surveillance system.

December 2018
Cebu City
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GARC, in collaboration of Humane Society International, implemented a SARE workshop for Cebu City and several neighbouring areas. 

November 2018
Antipolo City, Cebu City
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GARC facilitated the training of teachers, school heads and school health personnel from all the school divisions of the country as certified rabies educators using the GARC Education Platform materials.

October 2018
Muntinlupa City
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GARC facilitated the training of local government/private veterinarians on less invasive straw technique for sample collection to diagnose animal rabies (CBRS Project)

March 2018
Bangkok, Thailand
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Network / Workshop participation:

Attended the inaugural Asian Rabies Control Network (ARACON) meeting (more information)

November 2017
Muntinlupa City
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GARC facilitated the training of 23 participants from three provinces and regions in Luzon on animal bite management and leprosy recognition. 

March 2017
Zamboanga City, San Fernando City, Pagadian City, Cebu City
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GARC facilitated the training of 148 health teachers, school nurses, Brigada Eskwela coordinators as certified rabies educators using the GARC Education Platform materials.

October 2016
La Carlota City
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GARC facilitated a SARE workshop for the Negros Island Region. The workshop was attended by 34 medical officers and veterinarians.

September 2016
Muntinlupa City
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GARC facilitated the training of 80 Barangay Health Workers as certified rabies educators using the GARC Education Platform materials.

August 2016
Irosin, Sorsogon
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GARC facilitated the training of 136 barangay and municipal officers as dog handlers and vaccinators.

July 2016
Muntinlupa City
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GARC facilitated the training of 70 Barangay Health Workers as dog vaccinators. 

June 2016
Sorsogon City
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GARC facilitated the training of elementary and high school teachers, livestock inspectors and nurses as certified rabies educators using the GARC Education Platform materials. 

June 2016
Los Banos Laguna
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GARC facilitated the training of 16 professors and staff from the University of the Philippines, Los Banos College Of Veterinary Medicine, as certified rabies educators using the GARC Educator Platform materials.

April 2016
Ilocos Norte
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GARC facilitated the training of 69 barangay health workers and Animal Bite Treatment Center personnel as certified rabies educators using the GARC Education Platform materials.

March 2016
Ilocos Norte
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GARC assisted in training the speakers Bureau (a collection of volunteer teachers) on rabies, its causes and prevention.

February 2016
Laoag City and Sorsogon City
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GARC facilitated the training of personnel from the provincial and city veterinary offices in methodologies required to conduct dog population surveys. 

February 2016
Muntinlupa City
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GARC facilitated the training of 95  nurses and doctors from Animal Bite Treatment Centers in the Southern Luzon Region as certified rabies educators using the GARC Education Platform materials. 

January 2016
Sorsogon
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 GARC facilitated the training of 99 agricultural and fishery, and health workers trained as rabies volunteers.

January 2016
Ilocos Norte
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As part of the Early Childhood Intervention program of the CARE project, 23 daycare teachers were trained on rabies, responsible pet ownership, animal bite management, rabies communication to the community trough the use of the GARC Education Platform materials.

In the Philippines, GARC worked with the local and national government to set up comprehensive model rabies elimination programmes, incorporate rabies prevention into the education curriculum, increase awareness across the country and improve surveillance measures.

Learn more about our work supporting the Philippines' national government

Learn more about our work in Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

Learn more about our work in Sorsogon, Philippines.