February 9, 2023

The microchipping of pets is continuing in spite of the opposition from concerned sectors, according to the City Veterinary and Agriculture Office.

However, the placing of microchip is voluntary and the cost should be shouldered by the owner, said Veterinarian I Michael Takinan in a press conference last Aug. 17.

The placing of microchips has been suspended last year pending after pet owners complained citing ambiguous provisions in a 2020 ordinance that mandates microchips on pet dogs.

Microchipping costs P400.

Dogs weighing at least three kilos and is more than three months old are qualified to be microchipped.

The microchip can be implanted under the dog’s skin or placed on its collar.

Meanwhile, Takinan reiterated the CVAO’s appeal for responsible pet ownership.

The call just as the Baguio City Police Office caught three people for slaughtering a dog at Camp 8 last Aug. 11.

A case for violation of the Animal Welfare Act has been filed against those caught for violating the law. – Mayor Benjamin Magalong earlier ordered the intensified implementation of the Animal Welfare Act after several reports reached his office of the serving of dog meat in some local restaurants, dog slaughtering and other acts of cruelty to animals. – Rimaliza A. Opiña with reports from Gaby B. Keith