COM­MU­NITY EF­FORT

Animal Scene - - SCENE ZONE -

On May 23, 2017, Ra­mal­losa joined the fight in Marawi City and came back to camp a hero af­ter they took back the city from the Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant (ISIL) on Oc­to­ber 23, as re­ported by Max­ine Bet­teridge-moes in a 2017 ar­ti­cle for Al Jazeera.

Though he ac­com­plished his mis­sion to pro­tect his coun­try­men, Ra­mal­losa wasn’t done help­ing an­i­mals in war-rav­aged Min­danao. He con­tacted Ban­tay An­i­mal Wel­fare (BAW), an an­i­mal wel­fare or­ga­ni­za­tion in Manila, to as­sist him with anti-ra­bies vac­ci­na­tion.

In a Face­book post, Rhodes Lao of BAW said, “Marami po sa at­ing mga sun­dalo doon ay an­i­mal lovers. Ang pan­gun­gulila nila sa pam­ilya nila ay na­pupunan ng loy­alty at lamb­ing ng mga aso sa paligid nila. (Many of our solid­ers there are an­i­mal lovers. Even though they miss their fam­i­lies, they feel bet­ter with dogs around them who show them loy­alty and af­fec­tion.)” He then asked BAW mem­bers to do­nate money for the vac­cines.

BAW mem­bers do­nated and de­liv­ered about 100 an­tirabies vac­cines to Butig.

Ra­mal­losa was the first to ac­com­plish some­thing of the sort in the com­mu­nity. He ad­vo­cated the safety of both hu­mans and an­i­mals by teach­ing re­spon­si­ble pet own­er­ship and fos­ter­ing re­la­tion­ships among sol­diers, civilians, and an­i­mals in Min­danao.

“Nakakatuwa at kahit pa­paano, sa sim­pleng pa­ma­ma­raan ko ay na-lessen ang an­i­mal cru­elty dito sa amin. Hindi pa na­man tapos ang am­ing mis­sion at ipag­pa­p­at­u­loy pa rin namin, (It makes me happy that in my own small way, I helped to lessen an­i­mal cru­elty in our com­mu­nity. Our mis­sion isn’t over and we in­tend to con­tinue it.)” said Ra­mal­losa.

As of June 4, 2018, their pro­ject “Isan­daang Li­bong BAW - Isan­daang Lig­tas na Ra­bies” has launched in two more sites in Min­danao. Ra­mal­losa led fel­low sol­diers in the pro­ject, with the sup­port of their bat­tal­ion com­man­der.

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