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NLEX launches ‘I Care for Strays’ program in Bulacan

MARILAO — NLEX Corporation in partnership with the Provincial Government of Bulacan, Municipality of Marilao, Bulacan Provincial Veterinary Office, Marilao Municipal Veterinary Office and the Estrella Animal Welfare Advocates launched its road safety advocacy “I Care for Strays” program at Barangay Patubig here.

In her statement, NLEX Corporation Vice President for Communication and Stakeholder Management Division, Donna F. Marcelo on Friday said the program aims to contribute to the prevention and management of stray animal incidents inside the expressway and along local roads.

MARILAO Municipal Veterinary Office representatives conducted free spay and neuter services as well as deworming and anti-rabies vaccinations during the launching of “I Care for Strays” program of NLEX at Barangay Patubig, Marilao, Bulacan. (Photo courtesy of NLEX Corporation)

She added that an orientation on animal welfare laws, responsible pet ownership, and stray animal population control was conducted for pet owners from Marilao and nearby municipalities. Over 300 cats and dogs also received free spay and neuter services as well as deworming and anti-rabies vaccinations.

“I-Care for Strays is our way of promoting and protecting animal welfare while ensuring the safety of our motorists and community members. By addressing and preventing incidents involving stray animals on expressways and local roads, we aim to safeguard everyone’s safety,” Marcelo said.

Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando also commended this advocacy saying, “Ang inyong malasakit sa kaligtasan at kapakanan ng ating mga hayop ay isang mahalagang hakbang tungo sa mas ligtas at mas maayos na daan dito sa lalawigan ng Bulacan.”

On the other hand, Marilao Mayor Henry Lutao assures NLEX of his support for programs that benefit Marilao residents. “We commend the dedication of NLEX in educating and assisting the residents of its host communities towards better living. Programs like ‘I Care for Strays’ significantly impact their views on animal welfare and responsible pet ownership,” he said.

Dog owner Maribeth Bondoc also shared her gratitude towards this project, “Salamat po sa NLEX at nagkaroon ng libreng kapon para sa mga alaga naming hayop. Malaking tulong po ito lalo’t mas mahirap pong mag-alaga ng hayop kung dumami po ito.”

Aside from the ‘I Care for Strays’ program, NLEX Corporation also has a regular barangay-level information campaign called Kaligtasan Sa Daan (KalSaDa) where residents from NLEX, SCTEX, and NLEX Connector host communities are educated on responsible road usage, road safety tips and ways to keep their environment safe for both residents and motorists.

NLEX Corporation is a subsidiary of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the toll road arm of the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC). (UnliNews Online)

Manny D. Balbin
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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, founder and editor-in-chief of UNLINEWS ONLINE and UNLINEWS Digital Newspaper, is a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated college with Philosophy and Political Science courses at the University of Santo Tomas, Legazpi City. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, People's Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before, he simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspapers in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). He is the founder and the former editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, both in weekly newspaper and online news. A former Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.
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