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The Philippines has consistently been one of the top countries with an existing rabies problem. There is an average of 200 human rabies deaths reported annually, the majority of which are caused by dog bites (Deray, 2015). Globally, more than 95% of human rabies cases have been reported to have domestic dogs as their sources of infection (Cleaveland, et al., 2006). Therefore, it is paramount to address the rabies problem by focusing on the source. It has been established that communities achieve at least 70% vaccination coverage of the dog population to eliminate canine rabies (WHO, 2015) and maintain the population immunity above critical levels for at least a year, and this in turn, interrupts the transmission of rabies (Coleman & Dye, 1996; Cleaveland, et al., 2003; Hampson, et al., 2009; Morters, et al., 2013).


Humane Society International (HSI) would like to thank the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) of the Department of Agriculture for coordinating the training. We would also like to thank its regional field office (Region VII, Central Visayas), the City Veterinary Office of Lapu-Lapu City, and the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Fisheries of Cebu City, for aiding in the conduct of the training and the survey, and providing logistical support. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the trainees from different local government units chosen by the BAI, for working hard and helping us in the conduct of the survey of the city. Finally, our gratitude to the participants of the survey for their cooperation and understanding. This survey’s results will help in designing a better program for the control of rabies in Lapu-Lapu City.