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Many Southeast Asian countries like the Philippines have been dealing with rabies for a long time. In the Philippines alone, there are about 200 human deaths reported annually. The vast majority of which are caused by dog bites (Deray, 2015). Domestic dogs have been reported as the source of infection of more than 95% of human rabies cases worldwide (Cleaveland, et al., 2006). It is therefore a good strategy to focus on the source in order to eliminate rabies. The recommendation of the World Health Organization is to reach at least 70% vaccination coverage of the existing domestic dog population (WHO, 2015) and maintain the population immunity above critical levels for at least twelve months, which in turn, interrupts the transmission of rabies (e.g. 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 the regional field office (Region VII, Central Visayas), the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Fisheries of Cebu City, and the City Veterinary Office of Lapu-Lapu City, for their logistical support as well as the support provided for the training and the survey. We extend our earnest gratitude to the trainees from different local government units chosen by the BAI, for working hard and helping us in conducting the survey of the city. Finally, our gratitude to the participants of the survey for their cooperation and understanding. This survey’s results will enhance our understanding of the dog population and will strengthen the rabies program in Cebu City.