Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia has issued an executive order creating an Animal Welfare Task Force.
In the EO, that was signed on March 1 and released Monday, March 8, the mayor said the city recognizes the concerns of animal rights groups advocating responsible dog ownership and safeguarding the welfare of impounded animals in the City Dog Pound.
There is a need to establish a task force aimed at identifying, reassessing and acting on animal welfare concerns in the city with the primary goal of ensuring responsible pet ownership, Leonardia said.
The Bacolod City Animal Welfare-Task Force will be composed of Leonardia as chair, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran as co-chair, the city veterinarian as vice chair; and with members from the Bacolod City Police Office, City Legal Office, City Health Office, City Engineer’s Office, Public Information Office, and volunteer animal welfare groups (BACH Project Ph and PAWSsion Project Ph).
The Sectoral Concerns Office of the City Mayor’s Office is designated as the Secretariat of the Task Force.
BACAW-TF is expected to formulate and implement plans and programs for the welfare of animals in Bacolod City, ensure humane treatment of impounded animals, educate the community to become responsible pet owners, oversee and assist in the implementation of laws on animal welfare, ensure effective coordination of LGUs and NGOs or CSOs advocating animal welfare, and consolidate and coordinate all animal welfare programs of private and public entities.
The task force will also meet every last Tuesday of every month or whenever necessary, upon the order of the chairperson or his authorized representative.*