UPMV K9 conducts public service mission

The UP-MMDA [Metropolitan Manila Development Authority]-Vanguard K9 Corps (UPMV) recently held Luntian at Pula, a public service mission at the UP Diliman Department of Military Science and Tactics (DMST) Complex.

Co-organized with the UP Vanguard Makati Chapter, the public service mission provided free pet vaccination and free medical services. 

One of the pets lined up for vaccinations. Photo from the UPMV

According the Philippine Coast Guard Veterinary Service, the one-day affair was able to vaccinate over 200 pets against rabies. 

The pet vaccination drive was made possible through the UPMV’s veterinary partners: Philippine Coast Guard Veterinary Service; May Rulibeth Legayo-Javier, DVM; the 105th Squadron 4th Division CGAD [Coast Guard Auxiliary District] National Capital Regio; the Veterinary Student Achievers Society; and the Veterinary Education and Training Society.

The public service mission also had a blood donation drive, free health checkups and circumcisions, and a free legal clinic. Food and reading glasses were also given to the attendees. 

Two volunteers from the Veterinary Education and Training Society vaccinate a pet against rabies. Photo from the UPMV

Satellite stations of the Home Development Mutual Fund / PAG-IBIG Fund, the Government Service Insurance System, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and the Philippine Identification System of the Philippine Statistics Authority were also available at the event. 

Luntian at Pula was co-organized by the UP Cadet Alumni Organization, the UP Corps of Sponsors, Serving Hearts, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, UERM [University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center] Beta Sigma Fraternity, UP Vanguard Gun Club, RiteMed, and JoeMag’s restaurant. 

“Through events like this, we hope to remind pet owners that their own health is just as important as their pets’ and that taking care of ourselves is one of the best things we can do for our loved ones. The UPMV K9 Corps is deeply indebted to the UP Vanguard community for the opportunity to join forces in this advocacy,” said UPMV president Elah Tendero. “

Established in 2017, the UPMV is a multisectoral non-profit volunteer partnership and organization among the University of the Philippines, Metro Manila Development Authority, and UP Vanguard Inc. 

One of their flagship programs is a series of obedience and search-and-rescue training workshops for civilian pet owners. The program has, to date, trained over a hundred pet-owner teams

Luntian at Pula was held on June 29.—With a report from the UPMV