As it seems Cebu is now aiming to be the first of everything.
Cebuanos brace yourselves, and your furry friends, for we now have the very first government veterinary clinic in the Philippines.
Located in Barangay Calmante, Tudela, Camotes Island, is a public veterinary clinic spearheaded by the Cebu Provincial Government. Camotes is known for being a rabies-free zone and the government is taking this action to make sure that it remains as such.
They cater to all kinds of animals; pets, poultry, and livestock.
Services in the clinic:
- FREE Anti-rabies vaccines
- FREE Vaccines for cattles, hogs, and poultry
- blood testing
- issuance of veterinary health certificates
*Note: laboratory fees will follow subsidized rates
Given that Tudela is highly dependent in its agriculture and livestock, this project is of great help to the Island’s economy and livelihood along with its neighboring islands and provinces.
“Vet clinics are usually private-owned. If there are any public ones, these are located inside veterinary offices of LGUs. This time we are hoping that the services is not just in government main office but now closer to the farmers,”– Rose Vincoy (Provincial Veterinary Office)
I hope that this is only the start as it says ‘the first’. Government-run vet clinics should be built all over the country for greater access to every Filipino and better care for our animals. It can also be income generating so it really is a win-win situation.