Cristobal Rasonabe, chief of the Haguilanan village in the Philippines, has made sure that his community understands the importance of rabies prevention and dog vaccinations through the province's Bohol Rabies Prevention and Elimination Project.

Haguilanan, which has a population of around 1,174, lies in the municipality of Catigbian, Bohol.

Most of the residents of the barangay, or village, speak Visayan, Tagalog and English, but the area is also poor with 44 percent of households living below the poverty threshold.

Since the start of the project, Rasonabe has ensured that Haguilanan had a comprehensive dog population survey, accounting for all households and dog owners.

The village also achieved 90 percent of dog registrations and vaccinations, as well as effective control of stray dogs.

Under Rasonabe's leadership, Haguilanan was declared the best performing barangay in Bohol and received the award for best practices from the Governor of Bohol province Edgar M Chatto.

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Source: Al Jazeera