By: Elena Grace Flores
Stray cats and dogs are looming around the country posing health risks to residents because of possible rabies outbreak and contamination due to waste mismanagement. On top of this, some pet owners are also contributing to the problem especially in exclusive villages. The 1000 Pesos fine for a pet dropping its waste in public areas seem to be hard to implement because pet police might be needed to roam around public areas – thus needing a more effective solution that will require minimal human interception.
“I want Makati to be truly rabies-free. Pet dogs will be micro-chipped upon registration with our city veterinary office. Then we will be able to identify irresponsible pet owners who let their pets roam freely in the streets where they can bite people or defecate, both of which pose health risks,” Mayor Abby Binay said.
This microchip project along with the Lapel cameras for traffic enforcers are the priorities of the Sangguniang Panlungsod budget appropriation. These are efficient ways in “embrace technology” which is the goal of the Makati administration to be recognized as a ‘smart city’.
“I no longer envision Makati as a ‘premier city’, but a ‘smart city’ that incorporates and embraces technology in its policies, programs and activities,” she said.
To promote greater transparency is the ultimate goal of Mayor Abby by optimizing the use of technology to raise the level of efficiency and quality of public services which the tax payers deserve not only in Makati but hopefully all over the country.
The ever supportive Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo and other MCDC members were also present during this disclosure of Mayor Abby at the Sangguniang Panlungsod gathering. Representatives Monsour del Rosario and Luis Campos, as well as barangay captains, and delegates from civil society organizations also graced the event. Not to mention the department and office heads of the city and some personnel from sister cities.