The Provincial Veterinary Office together with the Department of Agriculture (DA) held a Livestock Midyear Assessment and Consultative Conference on Wednesday, July 28, at Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City.
It was attended by veterinarians, livestock technicians, and paravets in the province.
One of the agendas taken up during the conference was the DA-Bantay ASF sa Barangay (Babay ASF) in which Dr. Jonic Natividad, head of Regulatory Services Division of the Department of Agriculture Region 6, discussed the fight not only against ASF but also Foot and Mouth Disease as well and stressed the importance of intensifying surveillance which includes, among others, the training of barangay biosecurity officers, with 20 LGUs have already completed the two-day training on “Quantum Geographic Information System & Specimen Collection” for barangay biosecurity officers.
The importance of the database as part of the prevention effort and control measures against ASF was also highly emphasized.
Natividad added that there will be one Operational cPCR Equipment that will be sent to the Province anytime soon, which will serve to test the body fluids of suspected ASF positive hogs.
The good thing about the OcPCR Equipment is that it can be used to test dead hogs and there is no need for the province to send samples to Manila.
He also informed the participants regarding the ongoing weekly Facebook Live thru DA-Western Visayas on ASF-related topics and concerns.
It is expected to strengthen and equipped not only hog raisers but even ordinary citizens on the impact of ASF and ways on how to prevent and control its effect.
Meanwhile, each PVO DFU Team Leader/Veterinarian presented the good practices they have been doing for the success of ASF prevention and monitoring.
They also presented their respective mid-year accomplishments covering the first semester of the year focusing on the prevention, control, and surveillance efforts against ASF in each district which includes all ports of entry in the province.
The PVO also gives an update on its new facilities to be expected for operation involving its six district field units which will be called the “Abanse Negrense District Animal Health Center (ANDAHC).”
The said facility will serve as the satellite center of the Provincial Animal Learning Park and Hospital (PALPAH) and will form part of the districtalized operation for veterinary health care and services to animals, and clients in the identified areas for establishment.
Establishment of ANDAHC are identified in the following strategic locations; District 1 – Sitio Medina, Brgy. Rizal, San Carlos City, District 2 – Crossing, Brgy. 1-A, Manapla, District 3 – Brgy. Salvacion, Murcia, District 4 – Rizal St., Poblacion, San Enriques, District 5 – Hinigaran Public Plaza, Brgy. III, Hinigaran and District 6 – Brgy. Poblacion, Cauayan.*