SAN AGUSTIN, Pili, Camarines Sur---The Livestock and Poultry Program of the Department of Agriculture-Bicol will conduct a series of Training for Livestock Personnel of Local Government Units (LGUs) on Quick Response during Disease Events and Emergencies concerning Animal Health and Welfare all over the Bicol Region before the year 2017 ends.

Topics to be discussed include Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) updates and Protocol;  Avian Influenza (AI) Protection Program; AI Preparedness Plan; Regional Quick Response Team Rules and Responsibility; Phil-Animal Health Information System (AHIS); Anti-Microbial Resistance; Disease Investigation and Outbreak Management; Basic Principles of Epidemiology; Principles of Disease Investigation and Response; Steps in the conduct of Outbreak Investigation; Report Writing; and Risk Communication. A simulation exercise will be conducted every after the discussion on FMD and AI.


Speakers from the Bureau of Animal Industry include Dr. Oscar D. Cabayanan; Marites Gealone; and Dr. Hyacinth Napiloy; Dr. Stephani Marie U (Food and Agriculture Organization); and from DA-Bicol are Drs. Rona P. Bernales and Josefina U. Bañadera.

According to Celso Mendoza of Ligao City Veterinary Office, this training will equip them with the necessary skills in responding to animal disease emergencies. At present, they are monitoring all the livestock farms in Ligao City.

Dr. Manny Victorino of Albay Provincial Veterinary Service and head of the Animal Disease Investigation Team (ADIT) said that during disease outbreak, the first responder should be the designated municipal ADIT.

The said training has been conducted in Albay and Camarines Norte this October with a total of 60 participants. The training for Sorsogon province will be held on November 14-16, 2017; November 21-23, 2017 in Masbate; and November 27-29, 2017 in Catanduanes. (jaysonmgonzales with photos by Dr. Rona Bernales and Wibelle Ayab)