Filipino education students take the Rabies Educator Certificate (REC)

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Dr. Eva Macugay, biology professor at Mariano Marcos State University in The Philippines, conducted an anti-rabies campaign using the Rabies Awareness Certificate (REC) as a resource. Photo courtesy of GARC.“After knowing that rabies is a fatal yet preventable disease, I felt the burden and responsibility to share the things I learned from REC,” says Dr. Eva B. Macugay.

Dr. Macugay was one of the participants of the Rabies Educator Certificate (REC) program that was held November 12-13, 2015 at Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.

She is a college professor at the Mariano Marcos State University in Laoag City, and teaches biology to education students. After finishing the REC, she conducted an anti-rabies campaign seminar with the help of her students last December 4, 2015. Basic information on rabies and how it can be prevented were the main topics discussed in the seminar. It was attended by 50 college students.

Since education students conduct information campaigns as part of their school activities, they can include rabies awareness as one of their topics. With this, Dr. Macugay and her students plan to conduct more anti-rabies campaigns, especially in their community.

Furthermore, she encourages her students and fellow professors to take the REC because she believes that it is necessary to know about rabies prevention.  

Contributed by Eunice Mendoza, GARC Philippines office